Plumbing Advanced Apprenticeship

The Plumbing Advanced Apprenticeship is an intensive and practical course designed to give you the relevant knowledge and experience to understand the installation of domestic plumbing systems. Learning at the College through practical and theory sessions is teamed with work-based experience and training to gain the City & Guilds NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating and a Technical Certificate.

Course Content

This advanced course builds on skills completed in the NVQ level 2 in Plumbing. Areas covered include:

  • Designing and Plumbing a System to a Customer’s Specification
  • Specifying Installation Programmes
  • System Installation and Tests
  • Commissioning and De-commissioning of Systems
  • Domestic Gas Training and Assessments

As part of the Apprenticeship framework you will also study Employment Rights and Responsibilities, and Functional Skills Level 2/GCSEs in English and maths, plus ICT.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have achieved relevant level 2 qualification. Students will need to be dedicated and committed to your study. Students may be required to attend an interview with the Work Based Learning team. Students on this course are required to be employed in a suitable work placement with a plumbing company.

What Can I Do Next?

Following further training, career pathways may include project manager, site supervisor or chartered engineer. Higher education opportunities may include the HNC in Building Services at Colchester Institute.

How To Apply

To apply for an apprenticeship please read through the information below and then select the correct application button from the menu located further down the page.

If you are aged between 15 and 18 years old then please click the button ’15 – 18 Years – Apply Online’ and you will be taken to the next stage of the application process.

If you are aged 19 years or older please click the button ‘19+ Years – How to Apply‘, where you will be taken to the application options and information relevant to you.

Plumbing Advanced Apprenticeship
Course Outline: Provides the relevant knowledge and experience to understand the installation of domestic plumbing systems.

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 3
CampusColchester Institute
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£9,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£450

Employer Information

Our Business Solutions team will work with you to recruit an Apprentice to your business, advertising the vacancy and managing applications, as well as providing a dedicated account manager and personal 1:1 advice and guidance on apprenticeships.

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.


All Fees and prices shown on the website are for courses starting in the 2019-20 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.