Plumbing (Mechanical Engineering Services) Apprenticeship
Introduction to the trade:
Plumbers are responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of plumbing services, both inside and outside buildings such as houses, schools, hospitals, factories and shops, etc. If you are looking for a flexible, rewarding and financially secure career, plumbing could be for you.
A career in this part of the construction sector offers many options; you could become employed by a plumbing company, do contract work on large projects or be self-employed, work in the UK or abroad. Australia and New Zealand have open door skilled migration policies for people with these skills!
Some of the duties/requirements of a plumber include:
- The installation, maintenance and repair of plumbing services, both in and outside of buildings, sometimes at height
- Being prepared to travel away from home
- Being able to read and interpret engineering and building drawings
- Inspecting and testing plumbing installations
- Diagnosing and rectifying faults on a range of circuits and equipment
- Preparing written reports
The College, in the first instance, will assist you in finding employment with a suitable local employer. You will receive comprehensive training both at work and at college, following a training programme that is tailored to you and your employer?s needs.
What qualifications will I gain?
There is a level 3 apprenticeship available. You would start with the NVQ level 2 course which takes 2 years to complete and you can then progress to the level 3 to become a fully qualified plumber. The qualifications you will achieve are the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating and Level 3 in Domestic Plumbing and Heating.
- The Level 2 Apprenticeship in Plumbing & Heating has been withdrawn by the government. For alternative provision to the Level 2 Apprenticeship please click on the following link - https://www.hlcollege.ac.uk/course/605132c73945c/Plumbing-Heating-NVQ-Level-2
Advanced Apprentice (Level 3
You will need to have achieved a Level 2 in plumbing before you can embark on the Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeship.
- NVQ Diploma Level 3 in Plumbing and Heating (NVQ) - this is the competency part of the qualification and essential for you to achieve the full apprenticeship. This part shows that you are competent in performing the skill, trade or occupation your apprenticeship requires
- Technical Certificate (Diploma) - to show that you have the necessary technical skills, knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts as well as knowledge and understanding of the relevant market and industry
- Functional Skills - providing you will a good level of literacy and numeracy. Level 2 English, Level 2 maths and Level 1 ICT
How will I be trained?
Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress.
As an employee you will be in employment for most of your time as most training takes place on the job. The rest takes place at HLC. You can complete this off-the-job training on day release or over a number of days in a block. All the things you study at college will be useful in your job and help you succeed in your future career. Your employment will usually be for at least 30 hours per week.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will take place through practical training at college and work and via theory through a portfolio of evidence. Work-based assessments are also carried out.
What are the entry requirements?
- You would normally be expected to have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (including maths and English), or a relevant vocational qualification at Level 2 or above.
- Those applicants without formal qualifications but who can evidence substantial and relevant sector work experience will also be considered.
- All applicants are offered a place subject to satisfactory interview and an initial assessment in maths and English.
Minimum Age: 16
Duration: An Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) will take an additional 18 months to 2 years.
Working for a sole trader or a small to medium sized business
Core Gas safety register plus additional specialist units e.g. Domestic Cookers, Central Heating. LPG ? caravans and boats.
Telephone: 0800 032 1986