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WIN A plumb PRIZE; Our pounds 5,000 course could turn your pipe dream into reality BUDGET VAN INSURANCE it's a van man thing!

Byline: BY TRICIA PHILLIPS

CAREER we go! This is your chance to win a pounds 5,000 eight week plumbing course - and be on the way to a highly-paid job.

We've teamed up with Budget Van Insurance to give one lucky reader the chance to train to become a professional plumber.

There's a chronic shortage of qualified professionals in the field across the UK, with fewer apprenticeships being offered to school leavers in the industry.

Some estimates claim as many as 30,000 new plumbers are needed to meet demand.

That's despite research by Budget Van Insurance which shows that plumbers are the tradespeople most in demand by the public (46 per cent) followed by electricians (26 per cent) and builders (24 per cent).

Add to that the fact that a top plumber can earn up to pounds 100,000 a year, and the trade becomes a very attractive proposition.

So we've decided to do something about the situation-and all you need to know about entering the competition is in the panel on the right.

The prize is an intensive eight week non-residential plumbing course, provided through OLCI Construction Training, which leads to a City & Guilds certificate 6129 level two certificate when you complete the course.

No previous experience or qualifications are necessary and there are 14 course centres up and down the country, from Scotland to London, to choose from.

Mnveer Arkan from Budget Van Insurance says: "We are always keen to champion tradespeople, especially those who provide a vital service that is relied upon by so many, and who also form a crucial part of the economy.

"We have decided to help someone train as a plumber not only to help towards the national shortage but to also give some one the chance to embark on a highly lucrative career."

Enter now and you could find yourself tapping into a hot new career in plumbing...

HOW TO ENTER

FOR a chance to win you need to fill in an entry form and tell us, in not more than 50 words, why you think you could be a good potential plumber. Our expert panel will select a shortlist and decide on the winner in the coming weeks. Go to www.budgetvaninsurance.com or www.mirror.co.uk for an online entry form. Or call 020 7726 6111 for an entry form that can be posted to: A Plumb Competition, Broadgate, 15 Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 5BR or faxed to 020 7726 6333. Closing date: October 24, 2008.

Terms and Conditions:

Entrants must be over 16. Course attendance is subject to OLCI's standard terms and conditions. Prize includes all standard course fees but not additional expenses, eg travel. Winner must agree to publicity and coverage of the competition by Budget Van Insurance. Normal Mirror Group rules apply.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2008
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