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  1. Pipeman

    Pipeman New Member

    Hi folks,

    First post on here so please go easy on me if possible !

    I’m a mature student in my 40s based in the Wrexham/Chester area looking to gain further knowledge and experience with a professional plumber.

    After a career change 12 months ago, I recently completed City & Guilds Level 2 Plumbing (6035) and in September will be starting Level 3 (2 days a week) and hopefully working towards the L2 NVQ. Ideally I would also like to become Gas Safe registered further down the line.

    If anyone on here is in my area I would really appreciate any opportunity to help out on some jobs and am willing to do this on a voluntary basis so I can improve my skills and knowledge.

    Many thanks in advance.
  2. WC1

    WC1 Active Member

    Hi pipeman, question is what can you bring to the party? Plenty of young bucks in your position on here. Do you have skills you can pass on to your mentor? Good luck.
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  3. Pipeman

    Pipeman New Member

    Hi WC1 and many thanks for the good luck message.

    I've come from a completely different role, working for a local company for over 25 years and was Purchasing & IT Manager when I left last year. My IT skills may well be useful setting up Smart Home devices such as Tado / Hive / Nest etc but I would imagine this being a small part of a plumber's weekly work. I'm also pretty good at Maths so I should find any numerical calculations straightforward.

    Some things I am very good at are turning up on time (never off sick) and working hard on any tasks I am given. Hopefully, given the opportunity, I will prove useful to whoever gives me a chance.

    Thanks again.
  4. WC1

    WC1 Active Member

    There's your angle, many plumbers, me included, lack IT skills. Setting up computer invoicing , inventory, google advertising etc may be a trade - able skill. All the best!!
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  5. Millsy 82

    Millsy 82 Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Personally I would rather employ a more mature person rather than someone young. From the list of apprentices I've had over the years I have noticed that they have steadily got lazier and give less of a sh*t, they seem to know everything from day one and dont need teaching.

    I would much rather employ someone who grew up in an era that you didnt get a medal for just turning up you had to win to get a medal. An era where mobile phones were non existent or only owned by the rich yuppies and all you could do was phone someone.

    Kids now just want to play with there phone all day, if you tell them how to do something they know a better easier way and dont listen because they cant be wrong. More interested in putting everything on snapchat and getting praise off all their friends 90% they have never met to groom their over inflated ego.

    I honestly wonder what the children will be like when they leave school in 10 years time. As your not allowed to call them naughty now if they misbehave incase they get labelled.
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  6. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Rant over Millsy ? :D Thought I was a MISOG :rolleyes::)
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  7. Millsy 82

    Millsy 82 Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I've turned into the miserable old swine that taught me! I think its plumbing does it to you.
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