If you’d like to improve your chances of gaining employment as a trainee plumber, this course will help you reach your goal. You will gain workshop experience in a number of areas relevant to domestic plumbing installations such as pipe bending and soldering, cutting and threading, hot and cold water supplies and sanitaryware installations. You will learn in a specialist construction training environment using industry-standard equipment and be taught by experienced tutors. All students enrolled should be actively seeking employment within the trade, which could enable you to progress on to the full NVQ programme on a day release basis.
What will I learn?
You will study a wide range of units including:
• Health and safety in building services engineering
• Electrical principles and processes for building services engineering
• Common plumbing process
• Cold water systems
• Domestic hot water systems
• Sanitation systems
• Central heating systems
• Drainage systems
• Understand how to communicate with others within building services engineering
• Environmental awareness
• Effective working relationships
• Basic plumbing studies-practical tasks
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
You will be assessed in both theory and practical work throughout the course. You will also be expected to do some home study which will be trade-focused and go towards your theory studies in College.
The final qualification you will gain on successful completion of the course is the Level 2 City and Guilds Diploma in Plumbing Studies.
As part of your programme you will study Functional Skills in maths and English – which are essential for entering employment – at the right level of you.
• Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing Studies or (for 19+ students applying for direct entry) grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English and maths.
• Pass in British Plumbing Employers Council aptitude test.
• A good reference.
• A satisfactory interview.
Additional Costs and Information
We recommend that you buy some resources such as textbooks and will send you a list of these before you start the course. You will also be expected to supply your own safety footwear and overalls which must be worn for all practical sessions.
What Could I Do Next?
Having successfully completed the course you can progress onto the Level 3 Technical Certificate. Once you’re employed within the trade you can enrol on an NVQ programme and, having successfully completed this, you can apply to start the Gas Safe/BPEC registration process and work on domestic gas installations. Many of our students have gone into the areas of design and specification and some are now running their own businesses.