A Level 3 apprenticeship standard for plumbing and domestic heating technicians has been launched as part of the government’s Trailblazer programme.
The standard, developed by plumbing employers and led by Seddon Construction, has been designed to meet the needs of the industry and includes a number of improvements that aim to benefit both the learner and their employer.
In addition to strengthening the maths and English requirement, grading will be introduced to encourage apprentices to strive for excellence.
A clear link to engineering technician status has also been incorporated to improve and encourage greater professional registration.
Trailblazer apprenticeships have seen groups of employers across the whole of UK industry join together to design standards that develop the skills of their current and future workforce.
The plumbing Trailblazer standard was one of 56 launched this month, taking the total number of approved standards over 120.
Seddon Construction led a group of employers including Andrew Crookes Plumbing and Heating, Arthur Padgett, Coulson Building Group, EC Merrett, Gasway, Leaks and Locks, Millside Heating Services, Mitie and Parker Bromley in forming the new standard.
An assessment plan for the apprenticeship, along with underpinning qualifications, will now be developed in preparation for apprentices to enrol on the new standard from September 2016.