What do I learn?
An apprenticeship qualification includes several elements and you will need to pass all elements to gain your apprenticeship.
• Level 2 Technical Certificate,
• National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at Level 2 in Heating and Ventilation/Industrial and Commercial Installation,
• Employment rights and responsibilities
• Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT.
Course content - The NVQ in Heating and Ventilation/Industrial and Commercial Installation is made up of the following mandatory units:
• maintain the safe working environment for HVACR activities
• maintain effective working relationships
• contribute to the improvement of business products and services for HVACR work activities
• install heating and ventilating systems and components
• pre-commission and decommission heating and ventilating systems.
The Technical Certificate includes:
• materials and principles
• systems and components
• health and safety
• measuring and marking out
• installation skills.
An apprentice in Heating and Ventilation/Industrial and Commercial Installation has to be assessed at the place of work in all above areas. A separate candidate assessment evidence recording document is supplied on CD-ROM along with all heating and ventilation occupations and the units applicable to them. You will have up to 24 months to achieve all the elements of your apprenticeship although you may be able to achieve it quicker depending on your progress.
Apprenticeships are designed to let you benefit from real life work experience which you will get day-to-day on the job. This experience is supported by theoretical knowledge gained at college, in both classroom and workshop based sessions/assessments. You will attend college for one or two days a week. You are assessed in the workplace by a qualified and trade competent assessor who will help support you and your employer in achieving your qualification. Some elements are assessed by exam.
What do I gain?
The college will assign you with your assessor at the beginning of the course. Your assessor’s role is to guide and support your development as well as to help choose when you are ready to be assessed.
What do I need?
You will need to be working in a relevant job and your employer will need to agree to support you in your training, which involves giving you time to attend college and accommodating work-based assessments. You will have an interview and a diagnostic assessment to ensure the course will suit you and if you are a school leaver you will typically have three GCSE grades A*-C. There are no other restrictions to becoming an apprentice except that you need to be over the age of 16 and to have been settled in the UK for at least the past three years.
What can I do next?
Destinations in employment or further study at Level 3.