Over this six-week course, you will develop new skills to resolve a variety of common plumbing and repair tasks around the home.
Whether you are a first-time beginner or someone wanting to refresh their plumbing skills, this course is ideal for you!
The course is open to all adults aged 19+.
There are no formal entry requirements for this experience - you just need a keen interest in DIY and saving money!
This course is taught through practical exercises allowing you to get involved and gain hands-on experience.
You will learn new practical tasks which will include the repair of taps, valves, soldering/bending of pipes, silicone sealing and basic fault finding.
We will encourage you to discuss your household projects so they can be incorporated into our group exercises. Ad-hoc group discussions on more in-depth subjects will also be considered and agreed by group consensus.
There are no official assessment criteria for this experience. However, you will be guided and observed on pipe forming standards and pressure testing equivalent to Level 1.
Please note that this course will provide you with a basic understanding of home plumbing and heating systems in domestic situations. It does not offer qualifications to trade as a plumber.
You will be required to dress appropriately in PPE and steel-capped safety shoes to undertake any practical work.
All materials will be provided and included in the cost you pay.
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Derby College plumbing apprentice Tom Smith is making great progress in his apprenticeship with Derby Homes.Since starting work with the company he has taken part in the regional finals of a national heating competition and been given the opportunity to advance to a level 3 apprenticeship.Tom, who is 20 and from Giltbrook, got good grades at A level and had planned on going to university after school.But, put off by the cost, he looked for an apprenticeship instead and is happy that he made the right choice.In February he represented Derby College in one of six regional heats of the UK Heating Apprentice of the Year, organised by HIP magazine.And, although Tom didn't make it to the national finals, he enjoyed the experience and the chance to compete against other skilled young heating apprentices.
He said: "I go to college on day release and enjoy it.
"A lot of our tutors have been there for quite a long time and they really know their subject.
I'm finding the course quite easy.
I've got a car so getting to Derby isn't a problem and I like the college building too."
Tom, who undertakes work such as installing radiators and boilers at Derby City Council's domestic properties which are managed by Derby Homes, would like to work as a gas engineer once he is fully trained