Rewarding careers in the NZ Plumbing industry EARN WHILE YOU LEARN


There’s a massive skills shortage in the NZ Plumbing Trades and we’ll be in some serious trouble in a few years if no one does anything about it.  Our economy is healthy and is only getting stronger with a large number of projects expected to commence this year; this activity will increase 4.5% annually into 2023 but only if we address the MASSIVE SKILLS SHORTAGE we currently face. 


There's alot of work coming in the next few years WE NEED 30% MORE QUALIFIED PLUMBERS NOW (2,000+ people) to keep up with economic growth and OVERSEAS PLUMBERS DO NOT MEET NEW ZEALAND STANDARDS.




Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers work in varied locations and every job is different. Work involves putting pipe systems in new houses, renovating older houses or working on commercial job sites.   IT’S FUN. IT’S DIFFERENT. YOU LEARN ALOT… and you aren’t a poor student! YOU HAVE AN INCOME and when you finish your training your debt will be minimal compared to your friends who went and got a degree...


There's also HUGE EARNING POTENTIAL for a plumber - by age 30 your income and financial position will be better than a medical graduate!  Plumbing also pays a very good salary if you are self-employed so the rewards are there if you put in the hard work.  One day you could be running a successful business and won't even need to get your hands dirty on the tools!  It's an awesome place to be.


The NZ Plumbing industry offers amazing careers and with the massive amount of work head the options are endless.  And that all starts with an apprenticeship. 


Our friends at MASTERLINK connect top-quality apprentices with successful NZ plumbing, gasfitting & drainlaying businesses so you can easily get qualified in the plumbing/drainlaying and gasfitting trades:


- Earn while you learn - Masterlink pay you while you learn—even while you are on block course!

- Masterlink pay your training fees - all block course and training fees, worth over $11,000

- Masterlink place you in a plumbing firm - you will get matched with a local business for your on-job work experience and set you up with a Masterlink mentor.

- Masterlink give you the tools for the job - receive a starter tool and PPE kit worth $2,000.


Financial assistance is also available - new Masterlink apprentices can apply for a special interest-free loan packages from principal sponsor BNZ so your debt is minimal while you train.


  If you are interested in starting an apprenticeship or looking to take on an apprentice, contact Masterlink via the link below.




Plumbing World is taking our trades front and centre to selected schools throughout the country.  The TRADE UP TOUR is designed to demystify some long standing myths about lumbing and shed some light on the careers on offer in the plumbing trades.



We're thrilled to be working with Logan Dodds and Jesse James Cassrels as they head around NZ getting young people excited about the opportunities a career in the Plumbing trades has to offer.  With support from Masterlink and several key industry suppliers we are very excited to be able to showcase our industry in schools in an engaging and informative way.


SO WE’RE ON A MISSION to motivate school leavers across New Zealand to seriously think about plumbing and its varied trades as a viable areer - by sharing their stories of success, both within the plumbing & creative media industries Logan & Jesse's stories are inspiring in that hard work and a great can-do attitude can lead to a rewarding career mix with a plumbing trade behind you!


2019 Tour Dates and Locations


 Event  Date    Time
 Rosmini College  21 May    2:20pm
 Green Bay High School  22 May   8:40am
 Fraser High School  23 May   10:00am
 Pukekohe High School  23 May  1:00pm
 Western Springs College  24 May  1:00pm
 Rangitoto College  27 May  12:55pm
 Hamilton Boys High School  28 May  10:00am
 Tauranga Boys College  4 June  10:00am
 Rotorua Boys  5 June  12:25pm
 Otumoetai College  5 June  10:00am
 Gisborne Boys  6 June  1:50pm
 Waiheke High School
 1 July 
 Whangarei Boys - Skills x Careers Expo  7-9 Aug  TBC
 Whangarei Girls - Skills x Careers Expo  7-9 Aug   TBC
 Hamilton Boys HIgh School  12 Aug  9:00am
 St Peters College Auckland  21 Aug  12:30pm
 Manurewa College  22 Aug  TBC
 Wakatipu High School  26-30 Aug  TBC
 Cromwell College  26-30 Aug  TBC
 Kings High School  26-30 Aug  TBC
 James Hargest College  26-30 Aug  TBC
 Otago Boys High School  26-30 Aug  TBC
 Christchurch (3 Schools)  Sept  TBC


Last year we had a great time visiting schools the length and breath of New Zealand.  Click on the image below to watch the 2018 Trade Up Tour Video - Very inspiring, a MUST SEE!


Trade Up Tour Cover

LIVE TV Coverage

The ‘Trade Up Tour' also received LIVE coverage on TVNZ Breakfast. Logan Dodds and Jesse James did a great job representing us showcasing our industry with New Zealand viewers.



Curated by digital and social content creators Logan Dodds & Jesse James Plumbing World and our supportive sponsors want to inspire school leavers to seriously consider a career in the trades. Travelling around New Zealand delivering free inspiring talks they can visit your school on future trips so get your career advisor to get in touch.


Get yourself a trade and you get a future-proof career.  There are many paths you can take — tradesperson, business owner, project manager, hydraulic engineer, merchant and so much more.  


The only way is up!