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Plumbing new heights.

Byline: KEVAN REILLY

MOST of us get that sinking feeling when it comes to problems with the pipes.

Many people can't tell their U from their S-bends, let alone the difference between Yorkshire and end feed fittings.

So, it's no surprise that good plumbers are like gold dust and can command very healthy incomes.

And the prospect of high pay is persuading more and more workers to roll up their sleeves and take the plunge into a career in plumbing.

But earning more money isn't the only attraction - you can be your own boss in a secure and satisfying career.

Naturally, you need to learn all the necessary skills. The problem is, colleges are inundated with applicants.

But the Open Learning Centre International (OLCI) has courses that can help develop your skills quickly and conveniently.

Open learning lets you study anywhere, at your own pace and in your own time. There are no deadlines, so you can fit the course in with your job or family commitments. There are no waiting lists or start dates - so you can begin as soon as you enrol.

OLCI Plumbing offers beginners' and advanced theory courses - both of which help you achieve valuable qualifications - with full tutor support by email, phone or post. But if you need practical experience, you can attend short and inexpensive workshops in one of OLCI's many City & Guilds-accredited training centres.

Attending workshops can equip you with the extra skills you need to earn a better income.

By combining a theory course with practical training (if required), and on-site experience, it could take you as little as six to nine months to become a trained plumber at NVQ Level 2 or Level 3 standard. Normally this would take you up to two years at college.

For more details about OLCI courses, call freephone 0800 328 4163 or email mre@ olciplumbing.info

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 16, 2004
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