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Warning to would-be plumbers in Apprenticeship Week

National online service WaterSafe, are keen to stress that people hoping to become plumbers shouldn’t waste their money with rogue trainers offering fast-track courses which aren’t recognised by the industry.



Would-be plumbers are being urged to kick start their career with high-quality training courses and to steer clear of ‘rogue trainers’.

With National Apprenticeship Week 2018 underway, the national plumbing register WaterSafe is advising anyone considering a career in plumbing to choose industry-approved qualifications – to ensure they get the right training and keep customers’ drinking water safe.

WaterSafe is a national, free online service which lists plumbers who are trained in the Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws and is backed by all UK water companies.

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With the national focus on Apprenticeship Week, the organisation is keen to stress that people hoping to become plumbers should not waste their money with rogue trainers offering fast-track courses which are not recognised by the industry.

WaterSafe says it takes years to become a properly qualified plumber with both practical on-site experience and classroom theory. Trainees should be aiming to achieve National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 as a minimum.

People simply looking for a quick career fix will miss out on key skills and may unwittingly put their customers at risk if they cannot guarantee a safe water supply.

Chris Sneath, Chairman of WaterSafe, said:

“Becoming a plumber and a craftsman is a fantastic career choice and doing the job well requires those in our trade to be highly skilled.

“It does take some years to learn both the practical and technical skills and I would urge prospective trainees to take proper advice before they choose a course.

“Fundamentally, if you receive the right training you will provide your customers with a good, safe and reliable service and have a rewarding career in the industry. If you have satisfied customers they will provide you with on-going work throughout your career.”

Poor training can be doubly costly – it can mean breaching consumer legislation and potential investigations by trading standards, and also pose a risk to the safety of customers.

Trainee plumbers are advised to look at the list of approved qualifications to qualify as a WaterSafe-approved plumber online at, where advice on becoming a plumber is also available from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (CIPHE).

National Apprenticeship week celebrates the success of apprenticeships for individuals, businesses, communities and the wider economy, while encouraging others to choose the training programmes as a pathway to a great career.

National Apprenticeship Week 2018 runs from March 5 to 9.

To find out more about becoming a plumber visit or call 0333 207 9030.

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Elf Day at Crawley College helps raise money for Alzheimer’s society



Staff and students at Crawley College Group joined other colleges across their group including Chichester, Brinsbury, Haywards Heath and Worthing Colleges – as they dressed as elves earlier this month in support of Elf Day, a festive themed fundraising event for Alzheimer’s Society.

The days helped to raise nearly £1,500 for the group’s charity of the year.

Lisa Humphries, Director of Student Services and Pastoral Support for the Chichester College Group, said:

“Everyone out-elved themselves in support of Alzheimer’s Support.

“We were overwhelmed by the support everyone gave us, raising an incredible amount to kick-off our fundraising efforts for our chosen charity of the year.

“The elves really were out in force on all campuses, from making treats to sell to walking many memory miles and attending virtual workshops to find out more about dementia.

“The support our students and staff gave us was phenomenal, especially our student experience team who organised events at all of our colleges.”

The Chichester College Group will be fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society throughout the remainder of the academic year, with more events planned over the coming months/

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