Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship

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.

Generic job titles recognised across the industry

  • Plumber
  • Domestic Heating Engineer Domestic Heating Installer
  • Plumbing and Domestic Heating Installer
  • Plumbing and Domestic Heating Engineer
Occupational Profile

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.

Overview of the role

Planning, selecting, installing, servicing, commissioning and maintaining all aspects of plumbing and heating systems.

Core Knowledge and Skills Requirements

KnowledgeWhat is required
Health and safetyUnderstand health and safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices
Core plumbing systemsUnderstand selection, planning, installation, testing, commissioning and de-commissioning, service, maintenance, fault diagnosis and repair techniques on cold water, hot water, central heating, above ground drainage and rainwater systems
Electrical components and control systemsUnderstand installation and testing techniques for electrical components and control systems on plumbing and domestic heating systems
Plumbing science and processesUnderstand scientific plumbing, domestic heating and mechanical principles
Principles of environmental technology systemsUnderstand the principles of domestic mechanical environmental technology systems
Principles of fossil fuelsUnderstand the principles of fuel combustion, ventilation and fluing arrangements within a domestic environment
Customer serviceUnderstand the principles of high quality customer service and establishing the needs of others (colleagues, customers and other stakeholders). Respect the working environment including customer’s properties
CommunicationUnderstand different communication methods, how to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner and how to adapt communication style to suit different situations

 

SkillsWhat is required
Safe workingOperate in a safe working manner by adhering to health and safety legislation, codes of practice and applying safe working practices
Core plumbing system techniquesApply selection, planning, installation, testing, commissioning and de-commissioning, service, maintenance, fault diagnosis and repair techniques on cold water, hot water, central heating, above ground drainage and rainwater systems
Electrical components and control systems techniquesApply installation and testing techniques for electrical components and control systems on plumbing and domestic heating systems
Supervisory skillsTake responsibility for own work and safety and welfare of others Oversee and organise the programme of work and work environment Carry out work and manage resources in an environmentally friendly manner 

Options

In addition to the core skills and knowledge requirements, Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians will undertake the following specialism:

OptionKnowledgeSkills
Option 1 (Fossil Fuel – Natural Gas)Understand the principles of selection, installation, testing,       commissioning and service and maintenance techniques on  domestic downstream natural gas pipework systems and appliancesSelect, install, test, commission, service and maintain domestic downstream natural gas pipework systems and appliances
Course Progression

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.

Career Opportunities

Link to professional registration:

By the end of this apprenticeship the candidate will have satisfied the requirements for registration as EngTech by the Engineering Council through The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and or The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

On completion of the health and safety assessment, as determined, by the assessment plan the candidate will have satisfied the requirements to obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card through the Joint Industry Board for Plumbing and Mechanical Engineering Services (JIB-PMES) at the appropriate grade.

Information for Applicants

How often do I have to attend college?

Learners will attend college for 3 – 4 years dependent on prior learning. Typical completion time is likely to be 48 months. This may reduce if an apprentice has gained previous relevant knowledge and skills, which is recognised as Accredited Prior Learning.

The college term time is from September through to July. Apprentices may be able to commence the Apprenticeship programme prior to the college start date of September. Should you wish to explore this option further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers. Typically, apprentices will have English and Mathematics at level 2 on entry, and  all will have achieved that level prior to taking their end-point assessment. It will be a requirement that the newly developed Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Qualification is achieved prior to taking the end-point Assessment.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from a ‘Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician’ apprentice?

Apprentices will be expected to understand and demonstrate the following behaviours:

BehavioursWhat is required
Honesty and IntegrityDevelop trust with customers and colleagues by undertaking responsibilities in an ethical and empathetic manner
Dependable and responsibleShow conscientiousness through being punctual, reliable and professional. Take responsibility for own judgements and actions. Aware of the limits of their own competence
Enthusiasm and positive attitudeDemonstrate drive and energy in fulfilling requirements of role
Quality focusBe quality focused in work and in personal standards
Willingness to learnIdentify own development needs and take action to meet those needs. Keep up-to-date with best practice. Maintain and enhance competence
Work with othersWork effectively and collaborate with colleagues, other trades, clients, suppliers and the public
Sustainable workingGive consideration to appropriate use of resources and own actions taking into account the impact on environmental, social and economic factors

What will this cost my business?

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 has changed the way that government funds apprenticeships in England. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year.
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships.
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

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.

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.

As the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Essex, we can provide expert advice and guidance on all areas of apprenticeship provision, including helping you find the right apprenticeship for your business, recruiting apprentices, quality delivery and assessment with on-going support and advice.

Level:

This is a level 3 Apprenticeship.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

Learners will attend college for 3 – 4 years dependent on prior learning. Typical completion time is likely to be 48 months. This may reduce if an apprentice has gained previous relevant knowledge and skills, which is recognised as Accredited Prior Learning.

The college term time is from September through to July. Apprentices may be able to commence the Apprenticeship programme prior to the college start date of September. Should you wish to explore this option further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How is the apprentice assessed?

It is recommended that the core skills, knowledge and behaviours will be acquired by the apprentice in the first 36 months with the specialist option undertaken and completed in the final year.

Apprentices can only attempt the separate, mandatory end point assessment once the pre-requisite gateway components have been achieved. The main objective of the end-point assessment is to provide a high quality cost effective means of measuring apprentices’ whole-job competence in the final stage of their apprenticeship.

What about support in the workplace?

The college provide support in the workplace through 12 weekly progression meetings involving both the apprentice and the employer. This review process is informed by the college course leader and teaching staff, and is then communicated through a discussion held between you the employer, the apprentice and the college training advisers at this 12 weekly point. Technical college staff will be on hand at any time to provide support additional to this 12 weekly meeting point.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.
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Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician 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
LocationColchester
DurationTypical completion time is likely to be 48 months. This may reduce if an apprentice has gained previous relevant knowledge and skills.
CampusColchester Institute
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£21,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£1,050

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.

Disclaimer

All Fees and prices shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2020-21 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.