This apprenticeship is for people currently employed in a gas engineering role and it involves the safe installation, commission, decommission 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 the apprentice progresses through their training, they 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 the apprentice can apply skills, knowledge and behaviours required in a variety of tasks. Progress review documentation should also be included.
The apprentice’s 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 the apprentice's progression throughout the apprenticeship and should 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 should be programmed to ensure training/development needs are met and supported. This could include additional training, or ways of accelerating learning, as required by the apprentice. This will typically be an interview with the apprentice’s line manager, but may include colleagues from Human Resources. Feedback from mentors and team members may be included to contribute towards individual personalised training/development plans. Review documentation should be included in the apprentice's work log - see above.
Successful achievement of the end-point assessment will lead to final certification of the apprenticeship and demonstrate that the apprentice is 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.
Teenage apprentice plumber Emily Parnill says the number of girls learning a trade has increased even during her time at Derby College.
Emily says her dad is a former plumber and he's "over the moon" she's following in his footsteps. Nineteen-year-old Emily took her Level 2 Plumbing at Derby College when she decided an office administration apprenticeship – "I didn't like it at all" – was not for her.
Looking online, she spotted an apprenticeship with Derby-based social properties maintenance contractor Metworks. She decided to apply. Now Emily says "work is really good" and she is being assessed by the college on her Level 2 practical work as part of her apprenticeship.
Emily says the number of girls going into trades is "getting better." She says she hasn't been treated any differently to her male counterparts in the workplace – although some people "look at me dead funny" when she goes to fix their toilets.
And being just 5ft tall means she is well placed for "the fiddly bits" and small spaces – but less keen on reaching the higher fittings. 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 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." Emily is one half of the company's inaugural intake of two apprentices, along with apprentice joiner Sean Bell.
Gary said: "It's traditionally a male dominated environment and Emily is a bit of a trailblazer for us in that she wants to be a plumber and wants to be a trades person. I think it sets a great example to other youngsters. This is our first intake of apprentices and it's quite an important thing for us.
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.
It planned to help inform young people on potential opportunities by getting trade 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. Of those I'm proud to say the two most successful have come from a trades background and gone into senior management and both of them are female.
"It's important to get young women into the workplace and match them to the right roles. In Emily we've got a 'piece of gold', who really wants to learn and develop her skills.
"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."
There are getting to be more girls in trades like plumbing. In my first year in college I was the only girl in the whole group but in my second year there were a few more. It's getting better.
Work's really good. It's different every day. Some days it's doing dead easy jobs like changing taps and fixing toilets and other days you get all day jobs like fixing baths and stuff. I want to do my gas course and get my qualifications and maybe get my own business in the end. My dad's over the moon with me doing this.