When Jess attended school, the expectation was that she would go on to take up a white collar role in accountancy or law. Instead she’s a Heating Technician and couldn’t be happier.
Her decision is a little unconventional. Women currently make up only around 6% of the workforce in her sector, but she doesn’t mind. “I’m a hands-on person and wanted to show that you can earn money in different ways”.
Now she carries out servicing and plumbing work on all forms of gas boilers. “You learn the basics and then train your brain to know each individual system. Every appliance is different and every house is plumbed differently so it can be a bit of a jigsaw puzzle”.
Mostly she works in teams, which she enjoys, and there are other benefits too. “My job is really handy for my other interest which is renovating houses”.
Jess - Career Pathway
College A Levels
T. Brown - Apprenticeship, while studying NVQ in Gas Installation, Design and Fault Finding. She also took the Accredited Certification Scheme for Gas Appliances
British Gas – Technical Service and Breakdown Engineer
Pimlico Plumbers - Heating Technician
Stats - Heating Technician
Full Time Employed: 104,651
Part Time Employed: 5,253
Self Employed: 83,837
Total Employed: 193,741
Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers
Jobholders in this unit group assemble, install, maintain and repair plumbing fixtures, heating and ventilating systems and pipes and pipeline systems in commercial, residential and industrial premises and public buildings.