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This Modern Apprenticeship is designed to provide a structured career path for employees in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) sector. It helps you build the skills and knowledge in your business so staff can progress in their role. There are a number of pathways, allowing apprentices to select the one most relevant to their work.

The qualification

SCQF level 6/7

Your employee will study for a qualification in one of:

  • Heating and Ventilating: Industrial and Commercial Installation at SCQF level 6
  • Heating and Ventilating: Ductwork, Planning and Installation at SCQF level 6
  • Service, Maintain and Commission Building Engineering Services at SCQF level 7
  • Install, Commission and Maintain Refrigeration Systems at SCQF level 6
  • Install, Commission and Maintain Air Conditioning Systems at SCQF level 6
Progression and development

Successful apprentices should be able to carry out technical, supervisory and management positions in roles such as:

  • Building services engineering technician
  • Designer/estimator
  • Project manager
  • Site/workshop manager
  • Sales engineer/commercial manager.

Apprentices could also choose to take up further study — such as an HNC, HND, or degree — that could lead to membership and recognition by a professional body.


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.

Use our Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table to work out the funding level 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 employees to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Sound right for your business?

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

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our employer engagement team to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000
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