48 months (£21000)
Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and heating systems. Plumbing and domestic heating technicians can find themselves working inside or outside a property. Customer service skills and being tidy and respectful are important qualities as they can often find themselves working in customers’ homes as well as on building sites.
As a competent Plumbing and Heating Technician, the installation of plumbing and heating systems includes accurate measuring, marking, cutting, bending and jointing metallic and non-metallic pipework. Appliances and equipment can include gas, oil and solid fuel boilers as well as pumps, heat emitters, bathroom furniture or controls as part of a cold water, hot water, and central heating or above ground drainage and rainwater systems. Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians are at the forefront of installing new and exciting environmental technologies like heat pumps, solar thermal systems, biomass boilers and water recycling systems. It is important for a plumbing and heating technician to be able to work independently or as a team and use their knowledge and skills to ensure that both the system and appliances are appropriately selected and correctly installed, often without any supervision, and done so in a safe, efficient and economical manner to minimise waste.
In addition to the core skills and knowledge requirements, Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians must choose to undertake one of the following specialisms:
Option 1 (Fossil Fuel – Natural Gas)
Option 2 (Environmental Technologies)
The apprenticeship will cover knowledge, skills and behaviours required for a career as a Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician:
The course will be completed over a 48 month period, which will include classroom day release sessions throughout the academic years. There will be on site observations to assess competence throughout the apprenticeship. An online portfolio is used for this apprenticeship.
Learners will need to evidence that 20% of their working hours are spent on off the job learning over the duration of their programme. Teaching sessions, shadowing in the workplace and time spent writing tasks all contribute to this. Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship
Typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning & development and a high level of ambition.
Apprentices will sit an initial assessment in both English and Maths and if they are starting the course without a GSCE grade 4 (C) or above in either area, they will need to achieve Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths exams before completion of the apprenticeship.
By the end of the apprenticeship, the candidate will have satisfied the requirements for registration as Eng Tech by the Engineering Council.