Employing approximately 51,000 people across the region, the construction sector is one of the eight priority sectors for our Local Enterprise Partnership, D2N2, as well as a key employer.
An important issue for the construction sector in D2N2 is being able to increase the workforce's skills through apprenticeships and other training.
Running over three consecutive weeks, this Level 1 course is designed to offer an insight into the skills required within the plumbing industry, providing you with the opportunity to develop the skills to progress to other trade-specific courses and secure employment within the industry.
You just need an interest in securing employment within the plumbing sector.
The qualification for this course is the City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Construction Skills (Plumbing).
It comprises the following units:
Assessment will be through a range of activities including:
The PPE required includes safety shoes.
Taking a part-time domestic gas course with Derby College is enabling experienced plumber Paul Prime to grow his business.Paul, who runs Prime Plumbing Services in Ilkeston, took the evening course in order to gain Gas Safe certification – the industry's recognised safety standard for gas central heating engineers. Holding a Gas Safe licence means Paul can now safely and legally undertake all aspects of central heating work alongside plumbing jobs.
Paul's nephew and business partner Liam, already had the certification but having two Gas Safe plumbers on their books has increased the amount of domestic and light commercial work they can take on.Paul was so impressed with the standard of teaching on his course that his firm installed an unvented cylinder at the college which can be used by students for test and inspection purposes.
He is also in regular contact with his former lecturers to talk about latest changes in the plumbing and heating sector.
He said: "The course content and the quality of teaching was excellent – so much so that I've been back to the college since to talk to other people on the course about how it's benefited me and my business."
Prime Plumbing Services – which is a proud member of the Derbyshire Trusted Trader scheme – is now looking to take on more plumbers, and when it does, Paul has every intention of sending them to Derby College to gain any further qualifications.
He added: "Having well trained people is important to us. As qualified plumbers and heating engineers, one of our main aims is to provide customers with a reliable, reputable service they can trust – and keep the rogue traders out."