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HPM October 2012

TRAINING/TECHNICAL Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com Training v uni ATL’s* Mike Head looks at the difference between university and vocational training when it comes to the plumbing and heating industry... I– whether they will be getting into wanting to enter the professionTo experience vocational trainingreal life experience in the industry.is a must in such a trade. Thoset’s that time of year when A-Levelstudents and school leavers will bedeciding what career path to take the university of choice or whether cannot learn how to squeeze into another option is more financially tight spaces safely, work with water viable. connections, waste systems and gas, In the current economic climate, or electricity without having had where the average student experience of doing it first-hand. university debt is predicted to hit By going out and working on the £60,000 following tuition fee job a few days a week too, students increases, alternatives to this can transfer what they’ve learnt in traditional way of studying are the classroom to their work and becoming more relevant than ever. show they understand the With rising numbers of employers theoretical side to the course too, looking for proven experience and demonstrating their knowledge of practical skills, university may no work including working with longer be the best choice. dangerous substances. Plumbing apprenticeships are becoming more and more popular. IT PAYS TO TRAIN The number of students accepted While previous grades may not be on to a university course dropped as important to start an this year by seven per cent, while a apprenticeship than getting a place study by City and Guilds Centre for at university, you still need to prove Skills Development revealed the your abilities to be an employer. number of 14 to 19-year-olds Having certain certificates starting higher-level vocational completed are also important for training has more than doubled in this trade, so apprenticeships are a the past year. great way to show your skills and New data from the National get these signed off. Apprenticeship Service revealed last You need to be naturally good at month that there was a problem solving, designing, record-breaking 100,000 estimating, measuring and apprenticeship applications construction to consider a received in one month alone. There plumbing course. were also a high number of But once you have you know you apprenticeship jobs advertised, can earn while you learn and set receiving seven applicants for every yourself up for a future career even apprenticeship vacancy advertised. with the chance to have your own At ATL we see more than 10,000 business. students pass through our doors from all across the UK every year. *ATL is a provider of building Youngsters learn the skills in our services training across the UK, dedicated workshops with rooms with more than 10,000 students a set out to look like small year passing through its bathrooms and kitchens. nationwide network of centres. HANDS-ON WORK Students then mix this classroom- based learning with on the job training through placements, to create skilled employees with qualifications relevant to their trade, as well as enquiry number 137 enquiry number 336 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY OCTOBER 2012 51


HPM October 2012
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