Apprenticeship provider JTL has announced that the new four-year Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship will be introduced by them from September 2019. The apprenticeship will be available in selected JTL centres and via many of its college partners around England and Wales.
The new standard was produced as a result of the Trailblazer consultations. These saw feedback from across the industry requiring better qualified apprentices with a wider range of skills and deeper knowledge levels, leading to a level 3 qualification. It was felt that this would be more in line with the requirements of the industry, with four different routes available, that should see more apprentices qualifying in the important gas side of the business, than has previously been the case. The current Level 2 and Level 3 Plumbing qualifications will continue to be available until July 2020 with many colleges offering all three qualification routes.
The new four-year course enables apprentices to effectively combine several roles in the one apprenticeship. JTL’s new apprenticeship combines a variety of courses that were previously individual QCF/NQF qualifications including Plumbing, Domestic Heating Engineer, Domestic Heating Installer, Plumbing and Domestic Heating Installer and Plumbing and Domestic Heating Engineer. The new qualification will cover all of these previously separate qualifications in the one final qualification achieved at the end of the apprenticeship.
The training received will include additional Maths and English and there will be tests at the end of each year of the course to confirm apprentices are making good progress. All apprentices will complete an independent End Point Assessment at the end of their course before the Level 3 apprenticeship can be completed successfully.
JTL’s head of marketing Cathie Foster said the company is getting everything in order to introduce the new standard for new apprentices starting in September 2019
She added: “As the largest training provider in the Building Services Engineering sector, learners and employers know they are in safe hands working with us, as we steer them through the changes, sharing our expertise. The new Standard will extend the offer we make to employers and to the young people we work with on apprenticeships, producing better qualified plumbing and domestic heating technicians, that genuinely meet the changing demands of the sector.”
From September, apprentices will be able to take one course that qualifies them for several career roles as they choose one of the four options available to them. The new Level 3 apprenticeship offers them a choice of four pathways: fossil fuel (natural gas), fossil fuel (oil), fossil fuel (solid fuel), and environmental technologies – which offers training in work with solar thermal, heat pumps and water recycling systems.
JTL offers a comprehensive support package for apprentices and employers with more than 130 full time training officers based across England and Wales, giving every apprentice a named and known training officer to guide them through their apprenticeship.