At 19, Ian was named Master Plumber of the Year by the Federation of Master Plumbers (the youngest person to receive it). Ian started his own plumbing company just 16 months ago which, according to the Evening Standard, is London's fastest growing plumbing company.
Why did you want to be a plumber?
Aaaaaah... I wanted to have a practical trade that would serve me for the rest of my life no matter where on earth I found myself (I wanted to be a missionary at the time).
What's the best job you've ever worked on?
Plumbing - I can't really say as I have had lots of fab experiences. However this Bricking It is the most unusual and fun.
Corporate Communications - working with Buckingham Palace on their communications strategy. And it all began with a simple telephone call to the Palace.
What do you do?
I manage London's fastest growing plumbing company and I also (completely separately) work with blue chip PLCs implementing corporate communication strategies (& practising hypnosis on friends, family and strangers).
What are your hours / wages like?
I work long hours and my wages reflect my commitment.
What qualifications do you have?
I have an advanced City and Guilds in plumbing. I'm a qualified hypnotist and NLP Instructor and an ordained Minister. It's a cool mix!
What's your advice to would-be apprentices?
At the moment it's hard getting an apprenticeship as employers are worried that they will spend 2-4 years investing in an individual and, when the apprentice is fully trained, they will leave and set up business on there own - so the employer does not really gain any return on their investment.
So, keep telephoning and writing to companies. Be persistent. Your objective should be to get in front of the decision maker in an interview situation. And do not take rejection personally.
You get one go at life... so make it happen now. Stop waiting for it to happen.
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