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Plumbing: Level 2 Apprenticeship - Part Time

Apprenticeships are a popular choice for people aged 16 or above, looking for on the job training and the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst earning a wage.  Most of your training will be directly linked to the career you have chosen, gaining practical experience in the workplace, backed up by attendance at college just one day a week.


Course Code:N8503
Study Type:Part Time
Academic Level:Level 2
Award:Level 2
Awarded by:CSKILLS/City & Guilds
Course Length

23 months. Hours of attendance and start date will be confirmed at interview or enrolment.

UCAS Course Code0

An Apprenticeship in Plumbing will develop your employability skills and give you valuable experience of a variety of routine Plumbing related activities.  Your exact duties will depend upon your employer.

Where possible staff from the College Apprenticeship Team will help you find an employer and place of work (although students who are already employed are welcome to apply if sponsored by their employer).  Your offer of Apprenticeship training will be dependent on work places being available.

To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:
o NVQ Level 2 Mechanical Engineering Services (Plumbing)
o Functional Skills Mathematics Level 2
o Functional Skills English Level 2
o Functional Skills ICT Level 1
o Employment Rights and Responsibilities (a workbook to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as an employee and those of your employer)

The NVQ qualification is work- related and will relate specifically to your job role.
There are 2 Pathways:
• Domestic Heating
• Domestic Plumbing

Depending on Pathway mandatory units include:
• Hot and Cold Water Systems
• Sanitation
• Maintenance and fault finding
• Central Heating
• Installation of bathroom suites and similar aspects of the industry

Employers will look for:
o Good communication skills
o Reliability, flexibility and good timekeeping
o Ability to work in a team as well as on your own initiative
o Enthusiasm and willingness to learn

Course Assessment:
You will be continually assessed throughout your training both at college and within the workplace.  You will also take external and internal examinations for your key skills (if required) and technical certificate. Your progress will be reviewed regularly and achievable targets set, to ensure you complete your apprenticeship on time.

Apprenticeships are fully funded for those aged 16 – 18 years. Employer contribution for those aged 19+. 

GCSEs grade A*-C in English, Maths and ICT or minimum level 1 at initial assessment in English, Maths and ICT are required. You will need to demonstrate an interest in Plumbing. All applicants for Apprenticeship training will be required to attend interview and undertake initial assessments prior to enrolment. 

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship you could progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering Services (Plumbing Level 3).

Last updated - 14/5/14

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