This course is designed for somebody wanting to change their career and gain the basic skills to enter the plumbing industry. It will give you the basic underpinning knowledge which a Level 2 apprentice would complete at College. All theory elements will be self study over the year, enabling a fast track to employability.
Note - you will not become a qualified plumber after this course. You will need to obtain a job with a plumbing company and complete an on-site NVQ portfolio to be industry recognised. The course is designed to move you towards this goal, ensuring you gain the employability skills employers require.
As this course is very intensive, a personal interview will be completed along with an entry assessment. This covers the basic maths and English requirements which the plumbing industry needs. It will also ascertain if this is the correct career path for you as an individual.
The course covers practical pipework skills in plastics and rigid pipe materials, copper and steel. You will be given training and assessment - from simple jobs to installing a bathroom suite. Maintenance and fault finding are also covered.
Theory elements covered via self study include:
Assessment for theory is by online assessments.
Practical skills will be assessed by your trainer via a practical assessment portfolio.
A full day-time week at the end of the course will be needed for the final assessment piece.
Candidates will be required to purchase boots and overalls for the workshop activity.
A course book will be provided.
This course is designed for you to be able to complete all the College elements of becoming a plumber. You will then need to obtain employment in the industry and sign up for an NVQ in Plumbing at Level 2. (Further charges apply.)
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.”