Framework Specification

The following job roles will be covered in the Foundation (Level 2) and Apprenticeship (Level 3) frameworks respectively:

  • Plumber
  • Advanced Plumber

Sector Profile

Your employers’ business could include the installation, service, maintenance, and repair of a variety of plumbing systems and equipment, including:

  • Showers; Baths; Sinks
  • Drainage Pipes, Plastic and Copper Water Pipes and Guttering
  • Heating Systems fuelled by Gas; Solar Thermal; Heat Pumps; Oil and Coal

These products could be installed in domestic, industrial, and commercial premises where not only are the technical skills needed but also the skills of customer service and communication.

The Framework

These occupation frameworks are designed to provide new entrants and those seeking progression in their career with the opportunity to develop competencies that are needed to carry out job roles and responsibilities associated with the installation, maintenance, commissioning, and servicing of domestic plumbing and heating systems, including relevant:

  • Sustainable Building Best Practices
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Technological Requirements & Changes
  • Statutory & Non-Statutory Regulations & Requirements

“The Audit highlights the growing importance of technicians, the importance of replacement demands with regard to intermediate jobs in more traditional areas (skilled trades, for example); and the persistence of skills shortages at this level, perhaps seeing only temporary moderation due to the recession. Moreover, skilled trades are expected to be a key part of the skills mix within emerging sectors with high productivity levels, including elements of advanced manufacturing.”

Successful completion of the Foundation Level framework equips an apprentice with the ability to select and use relevant knowledge, ideas, skills, and procedures to complete well-defined tasks and address straightforward problems. They include taking responsibility for completing tasks and procedures and exercising autonomy and judgement subject to overall direction or guidance. Successful candidates then have the option to further develop their skills, knowledge, and competence by progressing onto the Apprenticeship (Level 3) framework.

Successful completion of the Apprenticeship (Level 3) framework equips an apprentice with the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods, and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity. They include taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgement within parameters. They also reflect an awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work.

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