Interviewed by Checkatrade
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I left Sixth Form College in June 2007 and immediately started in the plumbing industry. I started my plumbing apprenticeship in September of the same year and did that one day a week for 2 years at Guildford College and gained my plumbing NVQ level 2.
I started working for a small firm immediately after I left sixth form and was with them for 8 years. My boss at the time had been taught by his dad and has over 35 years plumbing and heating experience and is extremely knowledgeable. He employed 2 others, a plumber and heating engineer. I was fortunate enough to spend equal time between all 3 during my apprenticeship and throughout my time with the company and therefore gained a vast plumbing knowledge. My boss was very much a perfectionist; all work completed had to be done to the highest standard otherwise we were made to redo it without fail. I happily carry on with that work ethic now.
I have done a wide variety of plumbing jobs since I started, from new build houses worth a million pounds and more, to changing tap washers and everything in between. I was fortunate enough that my previous boss wasn’t scared of any plumbing issue and would happily turn his hand to any job that even a competent plumber would be scared of. This means I have learnt skills over the years and completed jobs that many would not and could not do.
After a couple of years I was soon trusted to work out on my own. Since I started plumbing in 2007 I have done new build houses, office refurbishments, bathrooms, heating work, repairing mains water pipe, repairing old iron pipework general plumbing and more.
I completed my gas course at Basingstoke College in 2012 and although I have not continued my gas certification, I still have knowledge of rules and regulations.
I started ET plumbing in June 2015 and have never looked back. I have already built up a good customer base and have had plenty of recommendations and repeat work. The next step was Checkatrade which brings us to now.
UPDATE: I have now been self-employed for approximately 2 and a half years and in that time I have built up a large happy customer base. Since then I have expanded my wealth of knowledge through experiences, by using different products and through various extremely knowledgeable tradesmen and reps with proof to back up their words. I’m so confident in every aspect of plumbing and bathroom fitting now, from plumbing to tiling to knowing which products and materials work best, that I know I can provide a plumbing service second to none.
I take huge pride in every job I complete and I know each job finished is a job well done. The smallest job to the biggest job each one is treated with the upmost respect and ultimately a happy customer.
I hope in the next 2 and a half years I will be able to expand ET plumbing and increase my ever growing happy customer base.
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Owlsmoor, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 0UA
Camberley, Sandhurst, Yateley, Aldershot, Farnborough, Berkshire