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My plumb job.

JAMES Haseldon, 16, is well on his way to becoming a qualifiedplumber.

The Eccleston teenager did his GCSEs last summer and decided he wanted to be an electrician or plumber.

James said: ``The school careers advisor explained about modern apprenticeships.

``I passed the electrician's test but the plumber I work with now fitted the bathroom at my house and inspired me to go for plumbing.''

James now works for St Helens Housing and after six months' probation is full-time and earning pounds 123 a week.

``I was helping out with cleaning up to start with but now I'm doing stuff like fitting things and repairing leaks.''

``I go to college at St Helens technical college every Monday from 9 am to 8pm where I learn about the theory and practical side.''

James is taking the foundation apprenticeship but is thinking about moving to the advanced level. He added: ``It's a really good scheme.''
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 19, 2003
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