Here at Able Skills we have been teaching Electrician training courses, Plumbing courses and other training for many years! During that time we have seen plenty of shifts within the industry, however nobody could have expected the changes that 2020 brought. Now, as we lift restrictions and get life back to normal the demand for tradespeople of all kinds has exploded!

The demand for tradespeople is as high as it has ever been. Post-lockdown, the inevitable rise of the population looking to renovate or “fix up” their home is clear. People are looking to make home improvements, housing targets are back underway, commercial projects and construction sites are back in action.

In the midsts of this increased demand tradespeople are seeing their earnings rise as there are not enough qualified people to keep up with the demand. In fact, there are more vacancies in the industry than ever before. This shortage in skilled workers is raising the cost to higher people like Plumbers and Electricians across the country.

Across the country there will be different levels of demand. Obviously areas like London will land you the highest paying roles. However, today let's take a look at some new data and see where exactly people are earning the most for their skills...

The average annual salaries throughout the UK:

1 - London £36,504£40,671
2 - Birmingham£30,609£33,555
3 - Glasgow£33,995£35,132
4 - Bristol £31,007£34,732
5 - Edinburgh £35,360£33,580
6 - Nottingham £29,827£31,430
7 - Cardiff£27,572£33,753
8 - Manchester£31,337£31,338
9 - Liverpool £30,520£32,960
10 - Leeds£33,744£30,984

This rise is demand has come from not only the delay that the pandemic caused on projects around the country but also homeowners. The fact is people have spent an exaggerated amount of time at home. Which has resulted in a rise in home improvement projects and domestic emergencies. 

This news is great for people who are already out working in the industry and equally for those who newly qualified or who are looking to start a new career. This is a great time to start an electrical or plumbing business in the UK. There is a clear gap in the industry that will allow new business to grow quickly.

Interested in training?

At our training centre in Dartford we offer a complete range of both Plumbing and Electrician courses. Whether you are a complete novice looking to take the first steps towards a new career or an experienced trader looking to gain some more advanced skills, we have the training options for you!


Training here at Able Skills is completely hands-on. We offer straightforward paths to a new career in a host of different trades. Our instructors are experts in their field and our facilities are second to none.

Plumbing courses:

If you are looking to start a career in plumbing then you will want to gain a City & Guilds Level 2 qualification. Our option is 6-weeks in total. The course will give you a fantastic insight into the fundamentals of of the trade. This option is perfect for those who don't have much experience with plumbing and are looking to change career. 

The course will cover a variety of different topics giving you a new set of practical skills as well as an understanding of the theory behind plumbing. Once you have successful passed the exams and earned your qualification with us you will be able to go and gain some experience on the job.

Then, to really kick-start your career you will want to take on a NVQ Level 2 Plumbing Assessment which is an on-site test. We have assessors in-place that can carry this process out with you through two visits to your place of work. Completing an NVQ is an important step as it is a requirement for most work sites in the UK.

Electrician courses:

Electrician courses are the most popular training option that we offer. We are a Centre of Excellence for electrical trining and focus on helping our students become fully-qualified electricians.

If you are looking to start a career from scratch there is no better option out there than our JIB Gold Card Package! This 14-week collection of courses and assessments will take you from beginner to professional. This comprehensive guide to the trade provides all of the training and assessments that anyone looking to achieve JIB Gold Card status will require.

Want to get in contact?

If you are interested in any of the training that we teach call  01322 280 202. We are more than happy to talk in more detail about our courses, answer any questions and process your bookings. Our office team are available 7-days-a-week between 8:30 - 16:30!

You are also completely welcome to come and visit our centre in person. Our office doors are open all week. Feel free to come speak to a member of staff to gain more insight on a specific course and the best route to achieve your personal carer goals. We can even take you on a tour around our facilities so that you can see for yourself the great work that we do here.

If you live elsewhere in the country and want to train with us you should know that we offer accomodation. We have multiple accomodation properties within a short walk of our centre that can be booked by our students for just £20 per night! If you are interested make sure to contact us ahead of your starting date as spaces are limited.

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All of our Electrician and Plumbing courses are City & Guilds assured and result in industry-recognised qualifications.