david leakbusters

"On the practical side I learnt a lot...at College we learnt the right way, how follow exact measurements and BSI regulations. So I got a good balance of the two."

David finished training last year after three years at College from 2005 to 2008. He started with the Level 2 Plumbing Certificate and NVQ Level 2, then went on to do the Level 3 NVQ and completed his ACS with MPower (one of the College's partner organisations).

David went to Broomfield School in Palmers Green, Enfield, where he did GCSEs and A-levels. Then he joined Leakbusters. "My best friend was working, I really didn't want to go to Uni, I'd had enough of studying, especially the subjects I was good at like science. Also, I didn't want to leave London. If I'd gone to university in London I would have had to stay at home.

Plumbing did have an appeal, I liked the idea of being in different places all the time, being on the road, and having a trade as well.

On the practical side I learnt a lot, including all the tricks of the trade. At College we learnt the right way, eg how follow exact measurements and BSI regulations. So I got a good balance of the two. I went to college once a week, and found the studying was easy because the teachers were not like teachers at school, they were more on the same level, they could have a joke with you. You knew you were there for the same reason they were there.

Now I love the job, I'm lucky that I ended up in this. I do domestic work, drive the van, installing, servicing and fixing. I specialise in boiler repairs, give boiler quotes. And I also help out in the office, answer the phones, do some admin work as well.

My message to young people is: think about what you really want to do, not what your parents want you to do. Although you've got to make your parents happy and proud of course, you've got to make yourself happy and proud too. Make sure you're doing something, you can end up doing nothing for a long time if you're not careful; even if it's a job in Sainsbury's, in these hard times you've got to take what you can get.

At the end of the day it's great to have a trade, something to fall back on, even if you change your career later on."

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