Plumbers install, maintain and repair systems of water supply, drainage and central heating in houses and other locations.
Installation work includes central heating systems and their controls, pipe-work, sanitary systems, drainage systems, guttering and rainwater systems and large refrigeration systems for industry.
Maintenance and repair work includes routine servicing and emergency repairs, which involves finding faults, replacing or repairing damaged parts, carrying out tests and ensuring that the system works properly. Plumbers work on such technologies as underfloor heating systems, solar heating and geothermal heating systems.
Phase 1: With Employer
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As a Plumber you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands.
An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail and an eye for the aesthetic.
The Plumber must have the ability to:
Plumbers work in a variety of locations including houses, industrial and commercial buildings.
Plumbers require many skills including:
All apprentices are paid a Training Allowance while attending off-the-job training in training centres or college, and an Apprentice Rate of pay during the on-the-job phases of their apprenticeship.
Details of the Training Allowances payable are available here.
What apprentice rate wages are paid?
Apprentice rates are paid for the on-the-job phases of apprenticeships. The actual rates paid may vary depending on the occupation and employer. Generally, the rates will increase in a number of steps during the apprenticeship. For example:
All other Trades
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1st Year Rate
2nd Year Rate
3rd Year Rate
4th Year Rate
Note: You should always seek details of specific rates of pay for apprentices from prospective employers.
Apprentice Student Contribution
The Annual Student Contribution is levied on students attending Higher Education Institutions including Institutes of Technology. As part of the changes included in Budget 2014, apprentices now pay the same contribution as full time students, but their contribution is based on the time they spend in the Institute or College.
The Student Contribution is payable to the IoT /College on the date of registration for the training phase. You should consult the relevant IoT/College for details of payment options.
Note: Apprentices are required to pay an examination fee to the IoT or College for repeat exams.
Female Apprentices' bursary for employers
To promote the entry of women into the designated apprenticeships, a bursary is available to employers to encourage an increased level of recruitment of female apprentices.
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If an employer cannot keep the apprentice on for whatever reason, the apprentice should:
The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.
The minimum educational requirements are:
1. Grade D or "Achieved" in five subjects in the Department of Education & Skills Junior Certificate Examination or an approved equivalent,
2. The successful completion of an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course
3. Three years’ work experience gained over sixteen years of age in a relevant designated industrial activity as SOLAS shall deem acceptable
You must obtain a job as an apprentice in your chosen occupation. Your employer must be approved to train apprentices and must register you as an apprentice within 2 weeks of recruitment.
In certain Crafts, apprenticeship applicants are required to pass a colour vision test approved by SOLAS.
Note: These are the current approved minimum educational requirements for apprenticeship programmes, however, previous experience of the following subjects would be an advantage but not essential:
You must obtain employment as an apprentice in your chosen occupation.
In a nutshell ...
On successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, apprentices are qualified to work within the recognised trade or profession.
For those with a desire to advance, career progrssion options include:
On successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, apprentices are qualifi ed to work within the recognised trade or profession.
Where apprentices and craftspersons have the necessary ability, initiative and basic qualifi cations, opportunities are available for advancement. These include advanced technology courses and management courses which are available in Institutes of Technology, Schools of Management and Professional Institutes.
Many apprentices use their apprenticeship qualifi cation as a platform to launch careers such as engineers, managers, owners of businesses, teachers and instructors amongst others.