Plumbing and Heating

Modern Apprenticeship



This Modern Apprenticeship gives employees the skills they need to install and maintain:

  • hot and cold water

  • central heating

  • drainage

  • weathering systems

They'll be able to apply their knowledge in commercial, industrial and residential buildings.

During the apprenticeship they'll learn about:

  • technological requirements and changes

  • statutory and non-statutory regulations and requirements

  • health and safety

  • inspection and testing

  • commissioning procedures

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 7.

Select Level 7 to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

All candidates have 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 Modern Apprenticeship.

The test is available in paper and electronic formats. SNIPEF regional training officers can bulk-test candidates if it helps your recruitment process.

Progression and development

After completion, 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

They could also progress in their career, with further training, to jobs such as:

  • technician

  • designer

  • estimator

  • project manager

  • site/workshop supervisor/manager

  • chartered engineer

  • sales engineer

  • commercial manager

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 your business needs.

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 encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

This apprenticeship will usually take around 3 years to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

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

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