- Sector: Building Services, Electrical & Plumbing | Construction & Civil Engineering | Construction & Built Environment | Apprenticeships
- Level: Intermediate
- Start Date: Variable
As a plumber, you could find yourself working in many different places – from construction sites to residential homes. Job prospects are good, with plenty of scope for self-employment. As a plumbing apprentice, you'll learn about the installation and maintenance of plumbing systems and components. You be working under minimal supervision to complete the installation and maintenance of domestic hot water, cold water, sanitation, drainage, rainwater systems, central heating systems and components.
Am I ready to start?
If you have good hand skills, have an interest in how things work and like solving problems then this could be the career for you.
Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers. Typically apprentices will have English and Mathematics at level 2 on entry, and all will have achieved that level by the end of the apprenticeship .
Employers also look for skills like motivation, good interpersonal skills, good communication skills, teamwork and a willingness to learn and will set their own specifications depending on the role. It may be you don't feel you are ready for an apprenticeship and might benefit from a Traineeship first.
How does an Apprenticeship Work?
An apprenticeship programme is delivered via a mixture of on and off the job training, whereby you can apply your skills in real work contexts.
The apprenticeship programme usually consists of the following elements:
This is the technical certificate and covers the theory side of your work which is delivered when you attend College, so that you can put these newly acquired skills into practice at work.
This is the practical side of the programme and is assessed directly within the workplace by a Harlow College Assessor to ensure that you are developing your skills within the workplace and putting all that you learn at College into practice
Functional skills: This area covers English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Mathematics
These are the skills that help you develop your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and your rights as an employee within the workplace (ERR).
What does the course involve?
You will be working towards achieving Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating.
- Health and Safety legislation
- Environmental legislation
- Scientific principles within mechanical services
- Domestic cold/Hot water systems
- Domestic central heating
- Domestic rainwater systems
- Domestic above ground drainage
How and when will I study?
The duration of the course is 2 years at Level 2 (Intermediate). You will attend College for 1 day a week and you'll be in the workplace for the remaining 4 days.
Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?
When you qualify as a plumber and/or heating engineer you will be entering a highly sought-after profession. There are excellent prospects, whether working for a company or self-employed.
The median salary of a recently qualified plumber is £27,017 a year. However you may earn a lot more than this if working for yourself.
Got a job?
You must have a job to do an apprenticeship. If you already have a job you may be able to do an apprenticeship with your current employer.
If you don’t have a job for your apprenticeship – apply for your place at College by clicking the 'Apply Now' button at the top and bottom of the page.
Once you have applied please check out our apprenticeship job vacancies.
An apprenticeship comprises two parts:
- Typically 20% study element (at Harlow College or Stansted Airport College).
- 80% work based element with an employer. It is your responsibility to find an employer.