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Working Conditions
Plumbing is an on-site occupation. This is a feature which appeals to many young people. It may involve working outdoors, on a construction site, in a home or in a factory or office. As a result, working conditions and pay rates are somewhat different to those for people who work in the same place day after day. As a plumber additional travelling is sometimes necessary in order to reach the job. This is compensated by the payment of a fares allowance.

What techniques are used?
The modern plumber must develop techniques and skills. He must be able to read plans and specifications and interpret contract documents, design systems, install pipe work services and commission them.
The plumber must be able to apply the basic skill of the trade in relation to the use of materials such as copper, brass, galvanised iron, plastics and earthenware. He must be able to use a variety of tools and equipment ranging from electric drills to welding and screwing machines. He must also be proficient in the joining of these materials whether by solvent cementing, soldering, welding or the use of rubber ring joints.
The plumber must also be able to put his hand to basic carpentry, bricklaying, wall tiling and concreting whilst engaged on various types of projects such as maintenance and alteration of bathrooms and kitchens

Entry into the Trade
Completing an Apprenticeship is the only recognised method of gaining the skills required to become a tradesperson in plumbing. To commence an apprenticeship, the apprentice and the employer enter into a contract of training, in this contract:-.

The employer
• undertakes to teach the apprentice the trade to the best of his ability
• to pay the prescribed rates of pay.
• To discharge the employers duties as employer
The Apprentice
• The apprentice undertakes to remain in the service of the employer or "Host Employer"
• To abide by the instructions of the Employer or "Host Employer"
• To carry out the duties allotted to him to the best of the apprentices ability
• To attend Technical College Classes as required.

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