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Plumbing and Heating Intermediate (L2) Framework Apprenticeship


Type: Full Time

Subject: Construction


Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

2 years


Level 2

Who is it for


This course is now FULL. If you already have an employer and wish to apply for the Apprenticeship Course please contact 01733 726121.

Do you enjoy practical work and want to develop a skill you can use in different ways?
Are you looking to start a career within the plumbing and heating industry or upskill for an existing role?

Apprentice plumbers need to follow technical drawings, and have a careful and organised approach to work. This Apprenticeship covers the basics of plumbing and heating. Good customer service skills are essential as you will work with a variety of clients.

Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education can apply.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre interview and initial assessments in English and Maths with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers.

What will I need

Level 2: Entry requirements of 5 GCSEs at grade D/3 and above including English and Maths.* A suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your apprenticeship. Vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

What is covered

Apprentices will work alongside a qualified plumbers in the workplace in order to gain the skills, knowledge and behaviour to become a qualified plumber.
On the course you will learn:
•Pipe bending
•Health & Safety within the workplace
•Hot and cold water systems
•Decommission and maintenance

Apprentices are expected to attend college 1 day a week as part of 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace.

How is the course assessed

Coursework, exams and practical observations.

What can this course lead to

Successful learners can continue to work within the plumbing industry and gain promotion or learners could progress to a Level 3 in Plumbing and Heating. Possible job roles could include: Plumber, Heating Engineer and Labourer.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality check
A plumbing Apprentice could expect to work unsociable hours, weekends and even be on 24 hour call out service. An Apprentice will work on average 30 hours a week, this may vary throughout the year dependent on seasonal trends and workloads. Working conditions may sometimes be confined and you may have to work outside in all weathers. Some work may be at height, outside buildings or on rooftops. Newly qualified plumbers may earn a starting salary of between £16,500 and £21,000. An experienced plumber may earn from £21,000 to £35,000.

An employed apprentice will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 an hour for apprentices under 19 or over 19s in during their first year as an apprentice, although many apprentices earn more than this.
• Get paid holidays
• Receive training

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