Business KS3 / KS4: apprentice plumber for a day

15 year old Courtney tries out being an apprentice plumber for a day.

Courtney gets some helpful advice about how to choose a career from a leading careers mentor, Aimee Bateman.

Courtney finds out what employers are looking for from one of Britain’s most high profile plumbing and heating companies, Pimlico Plumbers.

Courtney shadows recently qualified apprentice Billy Utting and speaks to him about what his training involves.

She discovers that women are positively encouraged and highly valued in the trade which mainly involves work in domestic properties.

An apprenticeship can be a terrific way into a job, to earn while you learn and can offer a real alternative to University for many young people.

With school students now having to stay in full time education or training until the age of 18, this provides plenty of useful advice to those who may benefit from a vocational education setting.

This is from the series: Apprentice for a Day

Teacher Notes

Careers and PSHE staff can discuss what pupils need to know about apprenticeships, e.g. what they are, what employers are looking for, how to find out if an apprenticeship would suit them.

They can discuss with pupils how to weigh up the pros and cons of choosing an apprenticeship over other career pathways.

Staff can use the clip with pupils to discuss wage levels and the importance of delivering high quality service to customers.

They can also discuss gender stereotyping in different careers and sources of job satisfaction.

The clip shows that pupils need to actively choose and manage their careers, e.g. by asking questions and planning ahead.

The clip shows that pupils need to actively choose and manage their careers, e.g. by asking questions and planning ahead.

They can come up with a list of questions to ask a careers adviser, an apprentice and an employer about apprenticeships in the sectors that interest them.

Pupils can research apprenticeship vacancies and other useful information at:

  • www.apprenticeships.org.uk
  • www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk
  • www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

For information about different types of jobs and careers: www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

For specialist advice and information, they can contact the National Careers Service helpline (0800 100 900) or talk to the careers adviser in their own school.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Business and PSHE Citizenship at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland

Also at 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

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