Charlie Mullins talks to Train4TradeSkills about his new plumbing talent show

The Pimlico Plumbers chief talks to Train4TradeSkills about his new show, plumbing and Lord Sugar.

Britain’s Best Young Plumber, the talent show that aims to find the best young plumber in the country, is on BBC Three tomorrow night and its chief judge, Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins, tells Train4TradeSkills what it’s all about.

The talent show puts four young plumbers through their paces and tests their skills to the extreme. Each candidate will have to endure four gruelling plumbing tasks devised by Charlie, ranging from pipe work, finding faults in a bathroom and unblocking drains, in order to win the ultimate prize of being named Young Plumber of the Year 2010.

Charlie, who is Britain’s best known and the first millionaire plumber, will act as chief judge along with Chris Young, and says the show will feature “real apprentices, doing real-world tasks”, that receive no help and have to prove their worth by depending on themselves to get the job done.

Charlie, whose clients include Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley, told Train4TradeSkills that he offered the winner an apprenticeship with Pimlico Plumbers, as he was impressed with their enthusiasm and passion for the job. He obviously cannot reveal the identity of the winner yet but did admit it was a tough decision and, “was touch and go right up to the last minute.”

Charlie told us that he expects the Young Plumber of the Year show to be an annual thing, and sees no reason why it cannot compete with other talent shows. But it was Lord Alan Sugar and The Apprentice that Charlie gave a tongue-lashing to, saying his show represents real-life situations and real people. He says:

“What we need are more TV shows the put REAL apprentices on our screens rather than the pantomime of a bunch of jumped-up sales execs running round London trying to impress a Lord.”

Train4TradeSkills asked Charlie about this and he had some harsh words for Lord Sugar, saying he knows what he’s talking about: “the difference between me and Alan Sugar is that I’ve done an apprenticeship and he hasn’t.”

The BBC’s Young Plumber of the Year show is on BBC Three tomorrow night at 10:30PM


About Train4tradeSkills

Train4TradeSkills offer the only trade training skills courses that combine three great ways to learn, through a unique blend of book based theory, practical workshops and virtual reality PC based training, to help you qualify you as a plumber, electrician or gas engineer. No other learning provider offers our unique way to study, with full tutor support, easy to follow, step by step modules. Once you complete one part of the course and return your work for marking, the next stage of the course automatically follows. It’s as easy as that. It’s fun, it’s easy to follow... and it can be fitted around your existing work and family commitments!

Posted on November 29, 2010, in plumbing, plumbing courses, plumbing jobs, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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