The gas industry faces some key challenges including an ageing workforce and a skills deficit in craft and technical roles. The purpose of this Apprenticeship is to support the industry to address these challenges by developing occupational competence in a wide range of job roles in the gas utilisation sectors of the industry.
What will I learn?
The qualification comprises a number of units, including those relating to the installation and maintenance of complex cold water systems. You are also required to study any additional qualifications that your employment needs such as water regulations and invented hot water systems, gas cookers, domestic space heating, hot water heating using a gas boiler, liquid petroleum gas and wet central heating (radiators).
How will I be taught?
The practical content of the course will be taught in a purpose built workshop and the knowledge units will be delivered in classrooms. You will be expected to carry out your own research for various parts of the assignments and complete an NVQ work-based evidence portfolio.
How will I be assessed?
- Portfolio of Evidence
- Practical Assessment (at college and in the workplace)
What can I do next?
The Level 3 Apprenticeship provides the best possible preparation to achieving skilled status within the industry. Throughout any career in the gas industry, individuals will be provided with the necessary on-going on and off job training, including refresher training to enable them to carry out their job role competently. On completion of the Level 3 Apprenticeship, under normal circumstances, graduate apprentices may continue in their current job role.
Completion of the Level 3 Apprenticeship qualification satisfies the Engineering Council requirements for Engineering Technician status and therefore enables the apprentice to become a professional engineer as defined by all the Engineering institutions (for example the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers – IGEM). This supports career progression to technician, supervisor and manager roles.
Is there anything else I need to know?
During the practical aspect of the programme you will be required to bring our own personal protective equipment in the form of safety boots, overalls and a high visibility vest as you will be working within a workshop environment for most of the time. Although all other tools and equipment are provided, you will need to purchase stationary such as folders, pens rulers, etc,.