This apprenticeship is for people currently employed in a gas engineering role and it involves the safe installation, commissioning, decommissioning and ongoing service and repair of gas appliances in either a domestic or non-domestic setting.
Appliances can include, but are not limited to, a range of work categories such as central heating boilers, unvented hot water storage, ducted air heaters, cookers, space heaters, meters, alternative fuel, boosters, testing and purging for industrial pipework.
Roles in gas engineering will include explaining how installations and appliances work, providing energy efficiency advice and ensuring customer service excellence at all times. Gas engineering operates strictly within the requirements of health and safety legislation.
You will be expected to demonstrate competence in both the workplace and at College, developing practical skills, job knowledge and specific behaviours.
To support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills, you will also continue to develop your skills in maths and English.
Applicants will normally have gained a minimum of 3-5 GCSEs (grade A-C/9-4) or equivalent, preferably including English, Mathematics and a Science, or should have relevant / appropriate experience. Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeship and this will include a recognised background check, equivalent to Criminal Record Bureau/Disclosure and Barring Service (CRB/DBS) systems.
If you are progressing from a Plumbing Level 2 Apprenticeship, Level 2 English, Maths and ICT should already have been achieved.
Those who work within gas engineering must have the core requirements below and demonstrate the technical requirements in one setting – domestic or non-domestic. They must be registered on the Gas Safe® Register for four appliances.
Technical Requirements – must be completed in either a domestic or non-domestic setting carrying out service and repair and/or installation
As you progress through your training, you are required to gather evidence on the full range of skills, knowledge and behaviours required by the standard and will be assessed on particular tasks or procedures or items of equipment.
Safe isolation of operational equipment for maintenance is one example of competency assessment applicable to those working in gas engineering. It is industry practice that assessments are recorded in a work log. The work log must be sufficient to evidence that you can apply skills, knowledge and behaviours required in a variety of tasks. Progress review documentation should also be included.
Your supervisor will typically support the development of the work log in accordance with company policy and procedures, although assessment organisations will provide guidance on the content of the work log. A summative assessment of the work log will form part of the end-point assessment portfolio assessment – see below.
Apprentices work in an environment where their safety, the safety of those around them and the equipment they work on are of paramount importance. Therefore, observation of behaviours and approach are an integral and developing part of your progression throughout the apprenticeship and will be assessed using existing supervisory practice and as part of the on-going assessment.
Training and assessment is agreed and documented in a personal training/development plan. Regular review meetings will be programmed to ensure training/development needs are met and supported. This could include additional training, or ways of accelerating learning, as you require it. This will typically be an interview with your line manager, but may include colleagues from Human Resources. Feedback from mentors and team members may be included to contribute towards your individual personalised training/development plans. Review documentation should be included in your work log - see above.
Successful achievement of the end-point assessment will lead to final certification of the apprenticeship and demonstrate that you are a fully authorised competent worker who can work safely and confidently to install, maintain or repair at least four types of appliance. It uses the following assessment tools:
The end-point assessment may be completed over a three-month period to accommodate work scheduling and cost-effective planning of resources.
Your employer should provide Personal Protective Equipment.
Course fees will be paid by the employer.
There is also a need for registration with the Gas Safe® Register for four appliances.
Apprentice joiner Sean Bell says Derby College and his employer Metworks are providing a brilliant environment in which to learn his trade.
Seventeen-year-old Sean said his parents and sister went to university and, from what they said, he decided it "didn't seem right to me."
Instead, he looked for an apprenticeship. As he was "good at making things" and most of his exams were in design, he decided on joinery as a career.
Sean looked on the Government website and found that Derby-based social properties maintenance business Metworks was recruiting. He was taken on last September and has not looked back.
He is working towards his Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery and goes to Derby College one day a week.
Sean said at both college and work "there's respect for everybody. You're treated properly, like a grown-up." Sean's job involves working on "doorways, fences, gates, kitchen windows...anything really."
He said it was too soon to say which direction his career might take. Derby-based Metworks was formed in February 2016 as the in-house maintenance supplier to Metropolitan, one of the UK's leading providers of affordable housing and care and support services.
The company has around 60 in its frontline team, plus 18 management and back office support staff. Managing director of Metworks Gary Collins said the business had a number of key social objectives which included "adding value to local communities."
Sean is one half of Metworks' inaugural intake of two apprentices, along with apprentice plumber Emily Parnill.
Gary said: "They are doing really well. I think there is good liaison with my office and college, to provide proper validation of how they are getting on. I think it is important our college provider is local." Gary said the business aimed to continue providing employment and training opportunities. Metworks planned to help inform young people on potential opportunities by getting trades people to talk to them at school and college sites.
He said: "When you are young you really don't know what you want to do, so I think there are ways we can support people by giving them the information they might need. We'd like to think there are really good communication channels between us and the college."
Operations Director Ian Davies has personal experience in building a successful career from an apprenticeship – he started out 31 years ago in housing maintenance as an apprentice himself. He said: "Over the last 12 to 15 years I have helped develop perhaps 40 people into a more senior position.
There is every opportunity, if we nurture and capture what we can in these young people, and the people who follow from Derby College, that they can develop further with Metworks and go on to great things."
The college work is as good as the work itself – I'm enjoying both. I'm busy all day, doing bench joinery, compared to the site joinery I'm doing at work. I'm getting to know the different sides of it. I'm meeting new people. It's good.
I decided to go into joinery because I like making things: three quarters of my subjects at school were design ones. I like everything about college. It's good, apart from going home at quarter to six! They can be long days. I'd really recommend an apprenticeship, you're straight away learning on the job and at college. It's the way I wanted it.