Traditional trades are seen as a more reliable career option with economic forecasts predicting difficult times ahead for many fields.
Building Trade Skills Centres (BTSC), which runs plumber training centres in Manchester and Surrey, said the number of inquiries it is receiving has jumped 30 per cent in just two months to more than 1,000 calls a week.
Allen Jackson, managing director at BTSC, said: 'We know the UK still has a skills gap for qualified plumbers.
'But beyond that there is a perception that regardless of how bad the economy is we will always need plumbers in a way which we perhaps do not for other professions.
'It seems that people are now seeing storm clouds gathering on the horizon, and are opting in greater and greater numbers to look for a traditional trade to help protect them.'