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05 Oct

What is Quality Plumber Week?

A look at the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors’ Quality Plumber Week, 03 – 09 October 2016

A plumber, for Quality Plumber Week.

Water Way To Make A Living: plumbing a fitted bathroom. Image by Andrey Popov (via Shutterstock).

The plumber’s role is an important one, though one that has been devalued by unfavourable press and perception. Some people think of cowboy plumbers and think the worst things about our profession. The only plumbers to have avoided such criticism are Mario and Luigi, and they are video gaming characters. In a bid to improve the attractiveness of our profession, we have an annual event known as Quality Plumber Week.

In its third year, Quality Plumber Week aims to raise the awareness of plumbing as a vocation. Organised by the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC), this year’s theme focuses on the importance of properly trained, qualified, and accredited plumbers. The reason? To clamp down on the cowboys, which have besmirched the good name of our profession.

Plumbing is one of the few professions that can never be replaced by robots. We will always need plumbers, no matter which technological breakthroughs come our way. In APHC’s survey, this may have seen a change in attitude towards apprenticeships and training programmes. 86% of those surveyed for this year’s Quality Plumber Week said they would rather see school leavers taking an apprenticeship instead of considering Higher Education.

There is concrete evidence of changing attitudes; in England and Wales, last year saw 5,500 candidates applying for plumbing apprenticeships. Plus, 74% of those surveyed favour stricter enforcement of building regulations. 69% of those surveyed think that customers willing to cut corners. This is exactly the same percentage as those who noticed areas of non-compliance whilst on site visits.

The Chief Executive of APHC, John Thompson said: “Quality Plumber Week is once again uniting plumbers to showcase the world-class professionals we have working to keep up with our demand for fresh, clean water on tap and instant heat at our fingertips.

“The perception of plumbers and plumbing, as well as trades in general, appear to be making positive strides and we’re encouraged by the numbers of young people recognising the benefits of a career in the industry.”

CDS Specialist Bathrooms, 05 October 2016.

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