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July 17, 2004
Plumbing studies

Interesting BBC report about people queueing up to become plumbers. They were inundated not to say flooded with applicants, ho ho I think the last paragraph is the best:

Earlier this year Birmingham University biologist Karl Gensberg left academic life to retrain as a gas fitter, saying he hoped to double his £23,000 annual salary.

Gratuitous picture of my stupid doesn't-work shower:


How long before they start having university plumbing degrees (feminist perspectives on piping, U-bends a structuralist analysis, plumbing theory, blah blah), which teach you nothing about how to actually plumb, but which you have to have before they let you start doing it and learning it? This will be announced as the solution to the British plumbing problem, but it will just make it ten times worse.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 02:26 PM
Category: Higher educationTraining

I can vouch for this. The college where I work has got all bent out of shape trying to cope with huge demand for plumbing courses (and almost as great demand for hair and beauty, apparently). I'm not sure whether there is actually much of a "skills gap" in plumbing itself, but if anyone with any kind of plumbing skills wants to take the jump to teaching, colleges are offering all the incentives they can manage...

Comment by: Frank Carver on July 17, 2004 06:14 PM

Think of plumbing more as an art... You're born with it.

Comment by: PlumberSurplus.com on November 19, 2004 07:32 AM
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