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New apprenticeship for larger systems to start in 2024

A new apprenticeship for plumbing and heating on larger buildings and systems will be ready to start later this year. The structure and content of the apprenticeship has been created by the APHC’s Employer Group, which includes members ranging from sole traders to larger businesses. It was chaired by APHC member David Merrett from Merrett’s Heating Services.

Supported by APHC, the group reviewed the current apprenticeship routes and identified a need for an apprenticeship for businesses working on larger buildings and systems. This area has been missing from apprenticeships for years, says the APHC.

As a result, when someone has completed their core plumbing content, there are now three pathways to choose from: gas, leading to Gas Safe registration; environmental technologies (including solar thermal and air source heat pumps), leading to a Competent Persons Scheme and Microgeneration Scheme, and now the new non-domestic plumbing route. The non-domestic plumbing route will cover plumbing systems found in non-domestic buildings, for example, washrooms and larger above-ground drainage systems.

Awarding bodies and end-point assessment organisations will be working together to develop the apprenticeship components, which will be underpinned by a Level 3 qualification and an end-point assessment. The apprenticeship will be ready for delivery and with registrations open for new starters and transfers by June 2024.

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