Plumbing and heating apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the plumbing and heating sector.

The plumbing industry is a key part of the UK’s construction industry. It’s a highly competitive field that employs skilled craftspeople and technicians who work with a wide range of materials and technologies. Plumbers must be familiar with everything from domestic boilers to advanced welding techniques to computerised control systems.

Training opportunities

From installing sanitation systems and servicing boilers to laying underground drainage pipes, plumbers work for the construction industry as well as for commercial and domestic clients. In recent years, the industry has also been involved with developing environmentally-sound technologies like solar water heating and rain water harvesting.

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.

Types of apprenticeships

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.

On the advanced level apprenticeship, your skill base will broaden and you’ll be able to enter the profession at a higher level. For example you will able to complete and oversee work to install, service, maintain and commission;

  • domestic hot water, cold water, central heating and sanitation systems
  • domestic plumbing and heating systems, components and gas-fired warm air appliances
  • domestic plumbing and heating systems, components and gas-fired water and central heating appliances

Job roles

Intermediate level apprenticeship

  • plumber

Advanced level apprenticeship

  • advanced plumber
Published 12 April 2012