As long as indoor plumbing exists, plumbers will be in demand. Homes and businesses across the country and around the world are in need of plumbers every day. This career field requires a great deal of specialised knowledge and experience, as well as a focus on customer service. One way to gain the knowledge you need is to complete an apprenticeship program. To land an apprenticeship, you'll need to express your interest through an effective cover letter.
Type your name in the upper left corner of the cover letter. Directly beneath your name, type your contact information. Align all this information to the left side of the page. If you're e-mailing your cover letter, check whether you're supposed to include your letter in the body of the email or as an attachment.
Skip one line and type the recipient's name, also aligned left. Directly under her name, type her title, company and contact information.
Drop down another line and type the date you plan to send the cover letter if you're sending it through the mail. If you're sending it as an e-mail, don't include the date.
Skip another line, and add your greeting, such as "Dear Mr. Smith,". If you don't know the recipient's name, call the company and ask who you should send your resume and cover letter to. Including the recipient's name, rather than "To whom it may concern," will make your cover letter more professional and more appealing to the recipient.
Express your interest in the plumber apprenticeship program in the first paragraph. State where you heard of the program and why you want to become a professional plumber. Try to convey your enthusiasm and excitement for entering the field. Research the company and the program, and include specific skills and traits that you'll bring that are directly relevant to the type of work you would be doing in the program.
Devote one or two paragraphs to describing your plumbing experience and relevant skills and traits. Include details such as your ability to read blueprints, learn computer programs or solve basic math problems. Make each paragraph approximately three to five sentences long.
Thank the recipient for his time in the final paragraph and ask that he contact you to discuss your qualifications in more detail. Add a professional closing, such as "Sincerely," or "Best Regards," skip four lines and type your name. Print out the letter and sign your name in that space. If you're e-mailing the letter, just type your name without skipping any spaces--you don't need to sign it.
Type "Enclosure: Resume" at the bottom of the letter if you're mailing your resume along with the letter. If you're e-mailing your resume and cover letter, attach the file containing your resume to the message.