At Able Skills, we’re fully committed to making all of our construction training accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of age, gender or experience. 

A common misconception in many industries, including construction, is that there is an age cut-off for beginning your training. With that being said, it’s important to emphasise that this couldn’t be further from the case, and that anyone with a passion for a sector should feel they can pursue a career in it. 

Whether you’re thinking about stepping back into the plumbing industry after a long time away, or are simply ready for a career change, we firmly believe that age should never be a barrier when it comes to your learning. 

Tackling apprenticeship myths

Given that apprenticeships are one of the most common routes towards a plumbing career, and that these are often associated with an alternative to college learning, it’s understandable that many would assume this pathway is only aimed at younger people.

However, there is no upper age limit on apprenticeships, instead, you just need to be over the age of 16, making them more accessible than most people would initially realise. 

What barriers do mature candidates face? 

There are several reasons why pursuing a brand-new career can be more difficult for older generations. 

One of the most common hurdles is being able to fit training around childcare. To help manage this, Able Skills offers a number of our plumbing courses on a part-time basis. For example, our City & Guilds Level 2 Plumbing course can be completed on a two weekend-on, two weekends-off basis. 

Older candidates also often have more financial commitments, which can make the prospect of leaving a steady wage, or spending time training and having no income, that bit more daunting. Again, to help try and alleviate some of this pressure, Able Skills offers flexible payments for many of our courses, making the costs involved far more manageable as they are spread over a longer amount of time. 

Speed up your learning with a private provider

One of the most efficient ways to train and qualify as a plumber is by completing your learning with an accredited and trusted private training provider. 

While these training courses do come with an up-front cost, they are delivered by time-served experts and will generally take you from complete beginner to fully qualified in a much shorter space of time than completing an apprenticeship or college course.

If you’re interested in a career in plumbing, or would just like to get more of an idea if the sector is right for you, then our team would be happy to help. You can find information about all of our plumbing courses here, and you’re more than welcome to visit us in our training centre for a chat.