Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship in Plumbing

Where to begin……………………
If you want to be an apprentice plumber and don’t yet have an employer, contact our apprenticeship recruitment team; 01228 822798 or email Deborah Macleod at dmacleod@carlisle.ac.uk

If you already have an employer, or are an employer, contact our apprentice recruitment team; 01228 822708 or email Oli Matthews at omatthews@carlisle.ac.uk

Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3)

Apprenticeships for occupations in the Plumbing and Heating Industry are designed to meet the industry’s competence requirements.

Successful completion of an Intermediate Level 2 framework reflects the ability to select and use relevant knowledge, ideas, skills and procedures to complete well defined tasks and address straightforward problems.  

Progression to the advanced level 3 is considered for those who have already completed an intermediate level 2 award or for individuals with comparable experience and knowledge.   The structured learning and assessment programme of this framework will enhance the skills and knowledge of the entrant to the benefit of employers and apprentices alike.  Successful completion of the advanced framework reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity.  

Carlisle College offers training to a high standard through day release off the job training and in support of the valuable on site experience.

Reference: 9928/1A
Duration: Level 2 - 2 years. Level 3 - 2 years
Course Dates: enrol at any time
Type: Part Time
Contact: Grahame Gilbert

Course Content

Intermediate – Level 2 Apprenticeship

City & Guilds 6189 -11 Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating 

• Unit 001/201- Understand & carry out safe working practices within Building Services Engineering (BSE)

• Unit 002 - Understand how to communicate with others in BSE

• Unit 003 - Understand how to apply environmental protection measures within BSE

• Unit 004 - Understand how to apply scientific principles within mechanical services engineering

• Unit 005/205 – Understand & carry out site preparation & pipework fabrication techniques for domestic plumbing & heating systems

•Unit 006/206 – Understand & apply domestic cold water system installation & maintenance techniques.

•Unit 007/207 - Understand & apply domestic hot water system installation & maintenance techniques.

•Unit 008/208 - Understand & apply domestic central heating system installation & maintenance techniques.

•Unit 009/209 - Understand & apply domestic rainwater system installation & maintenance techniques

•Unit 010/210 - Understand & apply domestic above ground drainage system installation & maintenance techniques

•Unit 019 - Apply safe working practices in BSE working environments (on-site unit)

•Unit 020 – Install & maintain domestic plumbing & heating systems (on-site unit)

•Transferable Skills in English and Mathematics (Functional Skills) Level 2, ICT (Functional Skills) Level 1 

Advanced – Level 3 Apprenticeship

City & Guilds 6189-31 Level 3 Diploma (Solar Thermal Route)

•Unit 301 Understand how to organise resources within Building Services Engineering (BSE)

•Unit 302/012 Understand & apply domestic cold water system installation, commissioning, service & maintenance techniques.

•Unit 303/023 Understand & apply domestic hot water system installation, commissioning, service & maintenance techniques

•Unit 304/024 Understand & apply domestic central heating installation, commissioning, service & maintenance techniques

•Unit 305/025 - Understand & carry out electrical work on domestic plumbing & heating systems & components.

•Unit 344/026 Understand & apply domestic sanitation system installation, commissioning, service & maintenance techniques

•Unit 345- Install, commission, service & maintain domestic plumbing & heating systems. - (on site unit)

•Unit 324 - Understand the fundamental principles and requirements of environmental technology systems.

•Unit 325 - Know the requirements to install, commission and handover solar thermal hot water systems.

•Unit 326 - Install, commission and handover “active” solar thermal hot water systems.

•Unit 327 - Know the requirements to inspect, service and maintain “active” solar thermal hot water systems

•Unit 328 - Inspect, service & maintain “active” solar hot water systems.

Method of Study

Practical and theory on a part-time day release basis.

Method of Assessment

On-going, multi-choice theory assessments & workshop based practical assessments. There are also on-site assessments to complete.

Entry Requirements

•Employment in the plumbing industry with a company undertaking the required range of work activities and able to provide suitably qualified on-site/workplace supervision.

•Positive attitude

Initial Assessment - Entry to an apprenticeship scheme involves a skills learning exercise.  This exercise is not a barrier to entry.  Initial assessment is used to tailor programmes to meet individual needs whilst recognising prior qualifications and experience. 

Apprentices in the framework can expect to be continually assessed to gauge their suitability for progression to an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Please note that you must complete the previous level before progressing on to Level 3

What Can I Do Next?

•There are a range of stand-alone, specialist industry qualifications such as “ACS” gas assessments for those who meet the entry criteria.

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