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This Modern Apprenticeship gives employees the skills they need to install and maintain hot and cold water, central heating, drainage and weathering systems in commercial, industrial and residential buildings. They’ll learn about technological requirements and changes, statutory and non-statutory regulations and requirements, health and safety, inspection and testing and commissioning procedures.

The qualification

SCQF level 7

Your employee will study Plumbing and Heating at SCQF level 7.

Entry requirements

All candidates are required to pass an industry approved multiple choice entry test. This tests their spatial awareness and their ability to calculate and measure. Candidates must achieve a 70% pass mark, to ensure they have the ability to achieve the MA. This test is available in paper and electronic formats, and SNIPEF regional training officers can bulk test candidates as requested to help you in the recruitment process.

Progression and development

After completing this apprenticeship, employees can progress to qualified positions in the plumbing industry. They’ll be able to:

  • Register on a relevant industry certification scheme
  • Progress to higher technical and professional learning and assessment programmes
  • Progress in their career with further training to jobs like technician, designer, estimator, project manager, site/workshop supervisor/manager, chartered engineer, sales engineer or commercial manager

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will usually take around 3 years to complete. 

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Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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