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.
Self-employed plumber Ryan Pearch is hoping to kick-start the careers of Derby College apprentices just like himself a decade ago. College Peak Award winner Ryan took Level 2 Plumbing as a full-time course and Level 3 part-time as an apprentice.
But his job did not offer training in gas work, which meant he found himself dropping behind his fulltime Level 3 counterparts. It was through a combination of Ryan’s personal commitment and the support of his lecturers – “brilliant, every one of them’’ – that he passed all of his modules.
He is now hoping to expand his business Pearch Plumbing & Heating to “employ people like me."
Ryan has been self-employed for a year after gaining further qualifications and experience in the industry. He said: “We’re really, really, busy. I do boilers, floor heating, bathrooms, kitchens…everything to do with plumbing in the house.
The plan is to get bigger and to take people on – and hopefully employ people like me, who are looking for a job as an apprenticeship.”
Level 3 is all about gas and that meant the other students were doing it day in and day out – but I wasn’t because my job didn’t operate in that area.
I asked for extra work to do at home and the college was helpful with that. Phil Stone was the lecturer and he was really good. In fact, the lecturers were brilliant, every one of them.
The courses were excellent for me and it was nice to receive the recognition of a Derby College Peak Award.”