In New Zealand, licensed plumbers, drainlayers and gasfitters generally assemble, install and repair the pipes, fixtures and fittings that supply water and gas or remove wastewater.
You could be working on a variety of exciting projects including:
• Installing high end bathrooms, including sinks, showers, toilets and baths
• Installing hot water cylinders in multimillion-dollar residential homes
• Installing pipework in an industrial plant or factory
• Fitting out hospitals or aged care facilities, hotels or apartment buildings, office buildings or airports
• Repairing or installing metal roofing and spouting systems.
Plumbing, drainlaying and gasfitting is a hands-on trade which requires the ability to problem solve and manage technical issues. This could be on both commercial construction sites or in residential homes.
Future salary growth is almost guaranteed for Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers as there is a significant shortage of skilled tradespeople in New Zealand and all signs indicate even further growth in demand.
Addressing skills shortages
The plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying industries have a proud tradition of passing on skills and knowledge through apprenticeship training. However, the industry is facing a real problem – a future nationwide skills shortage.
Over 73% of business owners say they have trouble finding the right tradesperson for their firm. With many plumbers approaching retirement age, it is only going to get harder to find skilled, licensed and certified tradespeople unless the plumbing industry acts now and invests in training.
Apprentices are the future of our industry. It is essential to bring greater numbers of diverse people into the trade and train them to the highest standards.
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