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Plumbing Services workers will need to look at ongoing training and learning to keep abreast of advances in water conservation, wastewater recycling and treatment and the renewable energies sector.
New technology needs plumbers to acquire new skills and knowledge. For example, cameras to detect leaks in pipes, high pressure hydraulic pumps connected to steel cables for trenchless sewer line replacement. The development of new products and water conservation to reduce the high carbon footprint of buildings, which accounts for around forty percent of global energy consumption.
It is suggested that in addition to learning STEM skills at school, a pre-apprenticeship is a good investment to completing a plumbing apprenticeship as this industry is heavily regulated and specific licences are required to operate once qualified as a tradesperson.
Critical thinking, problem solving, analytical skills, curiosity and imagination are all skills that are needed in the future and are highly sort after by employers.