A New Era for Plumbing and Heating Apprentices
The Plumbing Heating Skills Partnership (PHSP) have announced the launch of a campaign which promotes the benefits of the new Level 3 Plumbing & Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship. Set to become the new industry standard, this trailblazing apprenticeship has been specially designed to meet employers’ needs, fill skills gaps and secure the future of England’s plumbing and domestic heating industry.
Aimed at plumbing and heating businesses in England, the campaign has been developed by the Plumbing Heating Skills Partnership; a collaboration of key industry players, led by the BPEC.
Neil Collishaw, CEO at BPEC , explains: ‘We’re very excited about the new Level 3 apprenticeship. It offers employers a fantastic opportunity to grow their business and potentially expand into new areas such as renewable technologies. These apprentices will be equipped with the very latest plumbing and heating skills and knowledge. They’ll also specialise in either natural gas, oil, solid fuel or environmental technologies – so the apprenticeship programme can be tailored to meet the current and future needs of individual business.’
The Level 3 Plumbing & Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship will replace the old Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeship in England by 2020. The new apprenticeship will typically take up to 48 months to complete
What’s more, qualified apprentices have the opportunity to gain EngTech status from the Engineering Council adding credibility to their employer’s business. They are also eligible to apply for a CSCS card, showing clients they have the right skills and knowledge to work safely and competently.
‘The Level 3 apprenticeship really is a win-win for English plumbing and heating businesses,’ adds Neil. ‘Up to £21,000 of funding is available for training and assessment and the training provider will explain how this works as well as providing lots of support with recruitment and admin. We want to make it as easy as possible for employers to benefit from the new Level 3 apprenticeship – and getting involved now offers a genuine chance to get ahead of the competition.’
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For more information about the new Level 3 Plumbing & Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship, please visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website and contact your local plumbing and heating apprenticeship provider.
The PHSP was established by the APHC, BPEC and SNIPEF. This marketing campaign has reached out and included a wide range of key stakeholders across the plumbing and heating industry and include:
- Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC)
- The British Association of Construction Heads (BACH)
- The Chartered Institute of Plumbing, Heating & Engineering (CIPHE)
- City & Guilds
- Joint Industry Board for Plumbing, Mechanical & Engineering Services (JIB-PMES)
- The Worshipful Company of Plumbers
- The National Association of Plumbing Teachers (NAPT)
This PHSP initiative is a positive collaboration of organisations working together to benefit training in the plumbing and heating industry as a whole. You can read more about PHSP and their work at www.phsp.org.uk.