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A Plumber in the UK

Published: 19.03.2015, Updated: 05.03.2017

Are you thinking of becoming a plumber when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your apprenticeship is completed? If so, the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a plumber in England.

Plumber at workPlumber at work  

Plumbers toolsPlumbers tools 

Repair and replacement of pipes and taps in a bathroom.Repair and replacement of pipes and taps in a bathroom. 


Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: self-employed; sailor; trade supplies; be well-presented (person); basin; waste pipes; smelly; renovation

Listen to the following interview with a plumber in the UK and find out:

  • Where he works. (type of company - large/small, etc)
  • Where about in the UK he works.
  • Why he chose this profession.
  • What type of tasks he has to do on a typical day at work.
  • What personal qualities he suggests are needed by a plumber.
  • Does he describe any work processes or services that he provides?
  • What he likes best and least about his job.
  • How he thinks this line of work will change in the future.
  • Where he sees himself in 5 - 10 years' time.

Plumber - Interview 

Apprenticeship and Training

  1. Find out about becoming a plumber in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links.
  2. Now compare a plumber's job and education in the UK with a plumber's job and education in Norway. Utdanning - Yrkesbeskrivelse



After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:

  • Mrs. Johnson decides that she wants a bathtub installed instead of the shower cabinet. The plumber says this will delay the completion of the job.
  • Mrs. Johnson says that she cannot be at home next week and asks the plumber if he can try and finish the job by the end of this week.
  • The plumber apologises because he has not yet received the sink unit Mrs. Johnson wants, but hopes to get it by next week.