Thinking of becoming an apprentice plumber?
A plumbing apprenticeship equips an apprentice plumber with the knowledge and know-how, to provide sensible water solutions for domestic or commercial applications.
An apprentice plumber can carry out their plumbing apprenticeship in a construction environment – much like a bricklayer; or alternatively, in a maintenance environment.
Apprentice Plumber – quick overview
A plumbing career is generally about providing water to a place, or removing waste water from an area, in a safe and efficient manner. Part of a plumbing apprenticeship is about becoming familiar with water supply and sanitary products and fixtures.
A plumber and an apprentice plumber can help to build and repair water supplies, sewerage systems, roofs, gutters, downpipes, boilers, air conditioning and ventilation systems. They can also be responsible for the installation of hot water services, certain aspects of fire protection services, drainage systems and septic systems.
As society becomes more focused on environmental sustainability, alternative energies and water conservation measures have come to the forefront. With them, have also come new technologies and a consideration of a broader environmental picture.
Because of this, the role that science and technology plays in water usage is increasing. So for an apprentice plumber, achieving good grades in Year 10 Science, Maths and English has become even more fundamental, as a foundation to a plumbing apprenticeship. Along with these subjects, a background in Environmental Studies could also prove useful for an apprentice plumber.
Apprentice Plumber or Apprentice Bricklayer?
As either an apprentice plumber or an apprentice bricklayer, you can be a part of the building and construction industry. However it’s important to know what you’re looking to get out of these trade apprenticeship careers. Below are a few questions that may shed some light on whether becoming an apprentice plumber, or an apprentice bricklayer, is the right apprenticeship career choice, for you.
Plumbing Apprenticeship and Bricklaying Apprenticeship
1. Will a plumbing apprenticeship or a bricklaying apprenticeship keep me more physically active?
Most trade apprenticeship careers require some level of physical activity. Although plumbing can be physical at times, bricklaying is generally more so. So if you enjoy being active while keeping fit on the job – then an apprenticeship in bricklaying could be for you.
2. Between an apprentice plumber and a bricklaying apprentice which one will allow me to spend more time outdoors?
Both of these trade apprenticeship careers provide exposure to the outdoors while on the job. However because bricklayers spend more time on the exterior facades of buildings, they generally get to enjoy the benefits of an open air, outdoor ‘working lifestyle’ more so than plumbers do.
3. A lot of people tend to seek out a plumbing apprenticeship. Is this because there are more job opportunities out there for plumbers than bricklayers?
In reality, the popularity of plumbing apprenticeships means there are actually more people competing for a job in the industry once they complete their apprenticeship and competition is strong.
On the flipside, there is an extremely high demand for bricklayers in Australia – which is only set to continue in to the future. Meaning, once you’ve successfully completed your bricklaying apprenticeship – chances are you’ll also have a stable job at the end of it. (You could say, the odds are totally ‘stacked’ in a brickies favour).
4. What career paths are on offer for an apprentice plumber or apprentice bricklayer?
As an apprentice plumber career roles as a plumbing inspector, hydraulic consultant, technical teacher or building administrator are amongst the possibilities for progression.
Completing a bricklaying apprenticeship can be the first layer of success in a lucrative career as a licensed professional builder – or even a building and construction boss. So if you’re looking for a fantastic career path with high earning potential, a bricklaying apprenticeship is actually a great place to build yourself – into something really big.
5. I like working with my hands and seeing the results of my work. From this sense, will being a bricklayer apprentice – or an apprentice plumber; give me more satisfaction?
Like most trade apprenticeship careers, both these trades provide a hands-on experience. However with bricklaying, there is less reliance on fixing things with tools because it involves a more ‘hand crafted’ approach. A bricklayer’s finished work is also visible for all to see (not excluding of course – to the one who did it!) So from this perspective too, bricklaying creates an added ‘visual satisfaction’ that most trade careers – like plumbing just can’t replicate.
6. Do plumber apprenticeships and bricklaying apprenticeships receive an equal amount of support in terms of funding and development?
There is currently a standard government subsidy of $4,000 provided to employers of new apprentices in traditional trade industries like plumbing and bricklaying.
Of added interest is that the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) provides an extra $3,000 to those employers who hire new bricklaying apprentices on top of the government subsidy (a total of $7,000). This makes it the only trade industry support body doing this for its apprentices – and ensures a more stable and secure training ground for bricklaying apprentices, when compared to other trade apprenticeships.
ABBTF also provide guidance and support in many other ways for any new or aspiring bricklayer apprentices throughout the term of the apprenticeship. By doing so, they maximise the apprentice’s chance of obtaining stable work – and building a stable career.
If you’re still undecided about whether you want to become an apprentice plumber and enter a plumbing apprenticeship – it won’t hurt to check out other viable options available to you first.
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– and discover how becoming an apprentice bricklayer can lead to a fulfilling career path in the building and construction industry.
Feel free to contact ABBTF today – we’d be happy to talk to you and see if becoming a bricklaying apprentice over an apprentice plumber, is the right choice for you.