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    What about additional costs such as insurance, cscs card, petrol etc at first think the negatives out weigh the positives but that is the learning curve.

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    i can confirm that the work and evidence proivded for nvq or new qual has to be signed by a qualified and/or experienced plumber who has witnessed you do the work and to verify its to a standard accepted (different to being assessed)

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    It's always going to be slow initially, and work doesn't fall in your lap.

    I have found avertising is key - you have the training, the qualifications, the registration with Gas Safe, the insurance... and no-one knows you are there! That, and treating customers as you would expect to be treated - fair prices for good quality work by a polite, personable professional.

    Also, income and profit are not the same - perhaps many of those stating 50k a year may mean income - then take out your overheads - registration, insurance, van, clothing, tools, diesel, expendables such as mapp gas, leak detection fluid, ptfe tape - it all adds up. And anyone stating 50k a year has built it up over maaaaanny years, so not even comparable to a new startup. Crawl, walk, then run.

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    Excellent advice and reality checks in this thread for those of us starting out. I'm in a very similar position to Grovesy1000, and the reality is that you can make a go of it but it's hard.

    But I've gone via a Further Education College as it's cheaper and I don't trust the "Fast-track" people.

    By the way - send me £5000 and I'll tell you how to be a millionaire

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    "By the way - send me £5000 and I'll tell you how to be a millionaire "

    Send me your bank details and I'll send you the money!!
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    not possible to get an nvq or new version without employment
    Fuzzy, are you sure about this situation about work experience being needed for an NVQ. The new QCF is designed for existing workers and for entry to 'licence to practice' for those entrants coming into the industry. Assessment methodologies have been changed to cater for this situation, which allow simulated assessment in purpose built assessment building (not connected to training) to allow assessment of 'occupational competence'.

    Its my understanding that employers or employment, will not stand in the way of the green deal - anyone pitching up for courses will get the NVQ. The Leitch review targets also rely on this, because current employers cannot train the numbers required to meet Leitch targets for intermediate qualifications by 2020.

    Although I don't agree with this situation, I can't see training centres going bust, because customers can't find work placements - capitalism doesn't work like this, because customers get what they want to pay for - and there is a huge demand!

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    2 points I want to add,

    1. always take a deposit for larger jobs, no way I am owing the merchant money for someone else, if they haven't got money for materials, chances are they don't have money for labour.
    2. It is even lonelier when the customer turns around and says, well it was working before you came, so you explain the exact problem and they simply say, well it was working before you came and I am not paying until you fix it,
    well obviously it wasn't working other wise you wouldn't of rung me.

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    lol I have the basic tools I need and no van at all. What little jobs I do take on, my husband drives me there. That will have to do for now. The plumber I work with provides me with copper etc if I'm going to a job without him ( I know I have landed on my feet with him!) I only have cheap tools but they do the job. I have 2 drills which my plumber gave me (again, I am lucky) and they do the job fine. To be honest, I like turning up with older looking tools as it isn't so obvious that you're just starting out lol. As far as the confidence goes, I just hope that grows with time. I havn't even done my level 2 NVQ yet but I'm willing to have a go at anything. I'm fixing guttering for my neighbour next. I know how to do the guttering but I've never done it 2 storys high before lol. Still, only way to learn is to get up there and do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenmorgan View Post
    lol I have the basic tools I need and no van at all. What little jobs I do take on, my husband drives me there. That will have to do for now. The plumber I work with provides me with copper etc if I'm going to a job without him ( I know I have landed on my feet with him!) I only have cheap tools but they do the job. I have 2 drills which my plumber gave me (again, I am lucky) and they do the job fine. To be honest, I like turning up with older looking tools as it isn't so obvious that you're just starting out lol. As far as the confidence goes, I just hope that grows with time. I havn't even done my level 2 NVQ yet but I'm willing to have a go at anything. I'm fixing guttering for my neighbour next. I know how to do the guttering but I've never done it 2 storys high before lol. Still, only way to learn is to get up there and do it!
    Love it, as you finnish give customer my number so I can fix your mistakes.

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    FUNNY!!!! You should read my other posts before you jump to conclusions!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jase158 View Post
    Love it, as you finnish give customer my number so I can fix your mistakes.

    This is what I love about sites like this! Jump straight in feet first. Think it's a male thing! I never profess to be a plumber and I never have and people know that. They also are fully aware I am still training. May surprise you to know that there are actually some jobs I am capable of doing and people are willing to let me do them free of charge as it's all experience for me. Everything I do is checked by the plumber I work with. There's nothing quite like comments like that to make people feel less confident than they already do!!!!

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    If everyone thinks it's so lonely, then why aren't more plumbers more open to taking on apprentices? As a newbie, I can't understand why everyone has such a hard job finding a plumber to take them out FOR FREE!!!! I understand the insurance side and all that but if they're supervised what's the issue?

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