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Flushed with success: Launch your own business, join a large construction company... plumbing skills will give you real career options


Study with one of London's leading plumbing training centres

You'll be in good company because Barking & Dagenham College trains around 200 plumbers every year.

As a professional plumber you have lots of career options: launching your own business, working for an employer, or specialising in a particular sector, for example:

  • Domestic or commercial plumbing 
  • Heating Services Engineer
  • Gas Central Heating Engineer 
  • Renewable Energy Technician 

Mayor’s Construction Academy

We’ve been awarded the Mayor’s Construction Academy (MCA) quality mark, which identifies and recognises high-quality construction skills training provision in London.

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Approved Centre: Members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineers (CIPHE)CIPHE

This means that when you choose Barking & Dagenham College, you are studying at a CIPHE approved centre.

It means that you benefit from the links we have to the plumbing industry, and access to the latest information about developments in the sector.

Your Earning Potential

As a trained plumber you could expect to earn anything from £25,000 to up £60,000+.

If you are self employed the sky is the limit - you put the work in, you get the pay out.

Employers talent spot at Barking & Dagenham College

Our close partnership with employers means that they often talent spot for apprenticeship vacancies from amongst our full-time students.

If you are aiming for an apprenticeship, you could consider joining a full-time course to improve your skills and knowledge, making you more attractive to potential employers. 

To find out more about the prospects for an apprentice plumber, follow this link. 

See the Plumbing Workshop in Virtual Reality:

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Our partnership with Erasmus+ means you have the opportunity to take part in a two or three week work placement in Europe. These are great work experience opportunities where you can develop your confidence, cultural and language awareness and enhanced employability skills. Find out more and how to apply.

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We currently have 3 courses available.

  1. City & Guilds Extended Certificate in Construction Skills Level 1 (6219) Level 1
  2. City & Guilds Level 1 in Plumbing Studies (7202) Level 1
  3. City & Guilds Diploma in Plumbing Studies (8202-25) Level 2 Level 2

Students deliver children’s charity centre facelift

Student plumbers, electricians, painters and decorators, plasterers and trainee construction site managers from Barking & Dagenham College helped renovate a residential activity centre for underprivileged children as part of a project led by VINCI Facilities.

Watch this great video produced by Barking & Dagenham College media students Pavel Burmistrov and Ahmed Maqsood to find out more about this project and to meet the construction students involved.

Click here for more information about this project. 

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"Plumbing Revolution"

"The growth in sustainable technologies means we are on the verge of the biggest revolution in plumbing since the introduction of central heating", says Lee Regan, our Curriculum Manager for Plumbing.

"It's a fast-moving, exciting industry, where your earning potential is completely in your hands. Just look at the success of Charlie Mullins and Pimlico Plumbers"

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Minister visits Plumbing Academy

Small pic of Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP visiting Plumbing Academy

The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP visited our Rush Green campus in Spring 2014 and here he is in discussions with one of our trainee plumbers in our new Plumbing Academy.

Horstmann supports the next generation!

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As a trainee plumber you will work with top-of-the-range equipment. Bristol-based Horstmann have supplied high quality central heating controls and system accessories for students to work on, including:

- Horstmann HRT room thermostats
- CentaurPlus programmers
- ZonePlus motorised valves
- HCT2 cylinder thermostats

Tutor Toby Bedzell says "Students like them because of ease of installation and then simplicity in use when they compile their user instructions."

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