As the 11th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2018) is taking place, from Monday March 5th until Friday March 9th, multi award winning commercial plumbing and mechanical engineering company On Tap Plumbers has plenty to celebrate.

With 10 apprentices who already work alongside the company’s 50 plumbers across seven major construction sites in London, On Tap is committed to employing another enthusiastic 7-10 trainees by the end of 2018. The company is also focused on diversity and is delighted to have two female apprentices while actively looking for more.

During National Apprenticeship Week employers and apprentices from across England will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career.

The theme for the #NAW2018 is ‘Apprenticeships Work’. Showcasing how apprenticeships work:

  • for individuals
  • for employers
  • for the community
  • for the wider economy

Anne Timpany, Co Founder and Director of On Tap Plumbers agrees. “We are part of an industry with a severe skills shortage so for some time we have been going into schools and colleges to encourage and inspire the next generation to choose a career in construction.

“We are also very pro-active on social media because we know that’s also where we can speak to young people and find the best new recruits. We want to ‘educate the educators’ because while some snobbery around apprenticeships is thawing it’s usually in relation to the more ‘elite’ apprenticeships in big corporations.  An apprenticeship as a plumber, carpenter, builder, plaster electrician etc is not regarded in the same way, yet apprentices in construction can enjoy very successful long term careers and earn a lot of money.

“We hear that young people who go to university end up with £30,000-£50,000 of debt when they graduate and often have to start at the bottom of their career, maybe finding it hard to even get a job. Our apprentices are getting top class training and experience and they are earning good money at the same time. By the time they are 30 they will not only be debt free, we expect that all of them will be home owners too, a prospect that is not open to many young people unless they come from wealthy families.”

Featured Image: Luke Hood, second-year apprentice. Currently working on his Level 3 plumbing