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Plumbing Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship offers you the chance to earn a wage while you are employed and learning the practical skills required for the job. Once employment is secured, you will be trained ‘on the job’ and given the opportunity to develop your plumbing skills and knowledge.


  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code TH0EI / 10001

    How long is the course? 12 months

    Examining Body C&G

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • Who is this course for?

    This apprenticeship is aimed at students aged 16 and over who would like to pursue a technical career and gain a formal qualification.

    Any employment is challenging and an apprenticeship carries the extra demands of gaining your qualifications and being willing to continually update your knowledge and understanding and develop your skills. You will need to be conscientious, mature, reliable, self-motivated, committed and enthusiastic.

    This apprenticeship is for individuals who are most suited to a work based technical education and possess the passion, enthusiasm and drive that will enable them to successfully progress into a career in plumbing.

  • Am I qualified to join the course?

    Progression into the apprenticeship can come from the following qualifications and experience:

    • Functional Skills, or their equivalent in English, Maths and/or ICT at level 1 or 2
    • OR GCSE grade A-D in each of the following:- a communication subject, maths and either a science or technical-based subject
    • OR Level 1 GNVQs in relevant technical/technical subjects
    • OR A 14-19 Diploma in either Construction and The Built Environment, or Engineering
    • OR A Level 1 'Access to Building Services Engineering' qualification

    The programmes are likely to be suitable for individuals who:

    • Have an aptitude for technical subjects and/or are practically minded
    • Have an interest in technology
    • Can demonstrate an ability to solve practical problems
    • Have a portfolio of evidence from work experience, non-accredited courses, volunteering, have previously worked or are working in the sector

    A career in this industry will not only reward an apprentice's potential, but also offer opportunities to enhance their technical capability. The industry needs new entrants of appropriate ability and offers a varied and rewarding career in a challenging working environment.

    Other selection criteria may include:

    • Ability to communicate effectively with a range of people
    • Being numerate and literate as a significant amount of paperwork will be involved
    • Good colour vision to recognise colour coded wires and components
    • Willingness to learn to drive if you don't already have a driving licence as much of the work will require you to drive to customers' premises (Insurance requirements may differ per company)
    • Willingness to work outside and carry out manual handling tasks as some materials and equipment are heavy
    • Willingness to work unsociable hours
    • Willingness to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check when required
    • Willingness to work safely and respectively in support of government safeguarding policies
  • What will the course cover?
    • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing & Heating
    • Employee Rights and Responsibilities – you will learn about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. This will cover things such as health and safety, contract of employment and hours of work
    • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
  • What will I be able to do as a result of the course?
    • Install and maintain domestic plumbing and heating systems
    • Understand and carry out site preparation, and pipework fabrication techniques for domestic plumbing and heating systems
    • Understand and apply domestic cold water system installation and maintenance techniques
    • Understand and apply domestic hot water system installation and maintenance techniques
    • Understand and apply domestic central heating system installation and maintenance techniques
    • Understand how to communicate with others in building services engineering
    • Understand how to apply environmental protection measures in building services engineering
    • Understand how to apply scientific principles in building services engineering
    • Apply safe working practices in building services engineering working environments
    • Understand and apply domestic rainwater system installation and maintenance techniques
    • Understand and apply domestic above ground drainage system installation and maintenance techniques
    • Understand and carry out safe working practices in building services engineering
  • How will I be taught?

    Apprenticeships are achieved through a blended learning approach, incorporating taught sessions and workplace learning. Most of an apprentice’s training is performed in the work place on the job but there will also be the need to complete off-the-job training within college by day release. Each unit will be continually assessed with the majority of the assessment taking place at the college with the potential for some limited work placement assessment. You will receive one-to-one support, group teaching and advice from our team of qualified assessors and advisers.

  • How will I know I am progressing and how is the course assessed?

    You will be allocated an assessor whose role it is to evaluate your competency. When your assessor is satisfied that you have met all of the requirements for a unit they will confirm this by signing an evidence record sheet to show that the assessment is complete. The assessor will visit you in your work place on a regular basis. The apprenticeship is assessed by continuous assessment of practical, written and oral work, online testing, assessment in the workplace and through the production of a portfolio of work.

  • Will I have chance to get my own views across?

    You will have consistent contact with your assessor throughout the course. In addition, quarterly reviews with your assessor and workplace supervisor will you the opportunity to provide feedback on any aspect of the course. At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to evaluate your course by completing a questionnaire.

  • What can the course lead to?

    On successful completion of the Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Plumbing, an apprentice will have the skills, knowledge and qualifications to:

    • Progress to learning and assessment programmes that lead to relevant Level 3 qualifications and/or Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing and Heating.
    • Progress in their career with further training into such job roles as Technician, Designer Estimator, Project Manager, Site/Workshop Supervisor/Manager, Chartered Engineer, Sales Engineer or Commercial Manager.

    Also whilst this sector doesn’t currently have a ‘Licence to Practice’ our apprenticeships are recognised as fulfilling the competence requirements of the voluntary card schemes and will enable you to register on a relevant industry recognised Certification Scheme which is evidence that an operative is deemed competent to carry out a particular job role effectively and safely.

  • How do I apply?

    Please complete and submit the Apprenticeship Application Form, which should include an up to date reference. After the application form has been received an interview will be arranged. Start dates are set and are varied across the year and the interviews that will take place throughout the year are scheduled with consideration of these start dates.

To Apply or Enquire

If you are interested in applying please fill out an application form. If you require more information please do not hesitate in sending us your queries via our enquiry form. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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