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Diverse range of students can take plumbing courses

People with disabilities should not be put off taking plumbing courses, as there is every chance they will be perfectly capable of learning the skills.

While the traditional image of a plumber would probably be of someone without any limiting disorders, some young professionals are aiming to change the public perception.

Robert Ainsley-Raffel, 25, took plumbing courses despite being blind and now intends to set up his own business, according to the Sunday Sun.

The Northumberland resident explained that he wants to take on a blind apprentice one day, adding: "It has been quite disappointing that no one is willing to take me as an employee, but if anything it has made me more determined."

Mr Ainsley-Raffel uses specialist equipment such as a talking tape measure to allow him to work.

One trend that fellow plumbers look set to use more this year is wooden fixtures and chrome brassware in bathrooms, according to creative director at Bathrooms International Cheryl Gurner.

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