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Thinking of becoming a drainlayer?

Awesome! We’ve got the info you need right here.


Drainlayers love working with their hands, solving problems, and putting things together. If this sounds like a great way to spend your working day, you could have a bright future in the trades.

Find out more about what drainlayers do, and where your career can take you.


All drainlayers start at the beginning – with an apprenticeship. During your apprenticeship you’ll learn the skills you need to become a fully qualified drainlayer.

Find out more about how your apprenticeship is structured, how long it will take, and how much it will cost.

How to get started

Find an employer

The first step is to find a drainlayer who will take you on as an apprentice, be your employer, and offer you a job. You’ll need to find an employer before you start your apprenticeship.

Choose a training provider

In the meantime, have a look around for a training provider that suits you. This is where you’ll do your off-job learning. You’ll need to let your Skills Account Manager know which provider you want to go with when you sign up.

Sign up

Once you and your employer are ready to get started, you should give us a call on 0508 SKILLS (754 557). There’s a couple of forms you’ll need to fill out together, so we’ll send these to you. Once we’ve received and processed your documents, a Skills Account Manager will get in touch with you or your employer. They’ll run through an induction so you can kick off your training on the right foot.