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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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.