Plumbing Intermediate Apprenticeship

The Plumbing Intermediate 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 course gives a detailed overview of system installation and testing, commissioning and de-commissioning systems. By the end of the course, you should be trained in basic plumbing skills, including:

  • System Installation and Testing
  • Commissioning and De-commissioning Systems
  • Copper and LCS Bending
  • Soldering Skills
  • Hot and Cold Water Supplies
  • Central Heating
  • Sanitation
  • Health and Safety

As part of the Plumbing Intermediate Apprenticeship framework you will also study Employment Rights and Responsibilities, and Functional Skills Level 1 in ICT and Level 2 in English and maths.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a strong interest in the subject. You will need to be dedicated and committed to your study and be responsible for your own learning. You will be required to attend an interview with the Work Based Learning team and be asked to complete basic skills assessments in literacy and numeracy, followed by a paper based trade test. Students on this course are required to be employed in a suitable work placement with a plumbing company. Two GCSEs (grades A*-C) in maths, English or science would be also desirable, but are not essential.

What Can I Do Next?

Following further training, career pathways may include technician, designer or estimator, possible progression to an Advanced Apprenticeship and entry into the Gas Industry. Further programmes of study include Water Regulations and Unvented Hot Water short courses.

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.

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Plumbing Intermediate 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 2
CampusColchester Institute
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£5,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£250

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.

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