THE only thing that can rival education is experience, says Rashied Dolley, manager of Dolley’s Plumbers in Korsten.
The plumber, who has been in the trade for 14 years, explained that studying was not for him, but refused to allow that to hamper his future plans.
“When I finished school, I decided not to study further. Luckily my family had the plumbing business which I was very interested in.
“So I made the best decision I could have. I did a three-month course at ETC college and after a two-year apprenticeship began my career as a plumber,” said Dolley.
The hands-on career requires grit and dedication explained Dolley.
“One shouldn’t come in the field expecting a lot of money from the onset. Initially you will have to pick up a pick and do manual labour.
“And it takes years before you are able to work yourself through the ranks. Which is why one should like the job prior to entering it in order to love it over time,” said Dolley. The trade is well sought after, with a constant demand for service. But one’s demand is determined by the quality of one’s workmanship says Dolley, adding that the future is looking bright for the trade.
“Everybody needs running water, and this trade is something that no machine can do so there is always a demand for plumbers.
“Things are looking up for the years to come. But as tradesmen, what we are all looking forward to in the future is Coega operating at full force, then business will really start booming,” said Dolley.
Dolley said he can not see himself doing anything else as he finds the work fulfilling.
The plumbing industry has built a solid foundation for his wife Tashriquah and their seven-year-old son, Imad.