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”.

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Jess - Career Pathway

  • 2006
    9 GCSEs
  • 2007
    College A Levels
  • 2007
    T. Brown - Apprenticeship, while studying NVQ in Gas Installation, Design and Fault Finding. She also took the Accredited Certification Scheme for Gas Appliances
  • 2013
    British Gas – Technical Service and Breakdown Engineer
  • 2016
    Pimlico Plumbers - Heating Technician

Stats - Heating Technician

Average Salary


Employment Statuses

Full Time Employed: 103,735
Part Time Employed: 5,168
Self Employed: 83,658
Total Employed: 192,561

Gender Split

Male: 189,891
Female: 2,670

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