The Level 3 Gas Engineering Apprenticeship Standard is designed to suit newcomers or those with some knowledge or experience in the industry. We are now delivering a direct route to Commercial ACS qualification, avoiding the old problem of having to do Domestic Gas and then upskill. The apprenticeship is delivered over 18 months, with 20% ‘off the job’ training carried out in our Stockport training centre and 80% of ‘on the job’ through placement at the company. This is delivered in block weeks, with apprentices attending the centre for a five day block approximately once every 8 weeks.
Learners will work towards ACS qualification in 4 appliances (or categories), which can be decided with the employer, but could include: Overhead Radiant Plaque & Tube Heaters, Indirect Fired Heating Appliances, Direct Fired Heating Appliances, Commercial Pipework and Test & Purging.
The apprenticeships is either partially or fully funded through the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency), with apprentices aged up to 19 receiving full funding and apprentices over 19 receiving 95% funding.
Further to this, employers could also receive additional incentive payments through the ESFA, which amounts to:
- £1000 for an apprentice aged under 19
Those employers who take on an apprentice between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2021, will be eligible for additional payments of:
- £2000 for apprentices aged 16 to 24
- £1500 for apprentices aged 25 and over
During the apprenticeship monthly progress reports can be sent to keep employers fully informed and up to date with apprentice development.
These will include details of core competencies, behaviours, attitudes and abilities – which are further reinforced
through mentor while on placement.
An apprentice can be a cost effective way of growing your business. There is no longer any upper age limit – you can be 16 or 60! There really has never been a better time to take on an apprentice.
Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard – Gas Engineering
Aimed at: New entrants wanting to access the industry and those with some knowledge or experience in the industry.
- Duration – 18 months with 20% off job training as part of the course
- Delivered in block weeks, with apprentices attending college for approximately 5 days in a block in every 8 weeks
- End point assessment in final 3 months – Learners must have Functional skills at Level 2 by month 14. ECTA will support this where necessary, though if already in place (i.e. Learner already holds GCSE/Functional Skills qualifications at the appropriate level) this will not be required as part of Apprenticeship Standard.
- On successful completion candidates are able to apply to join Gas Safe register and IGEM (Institution of Gas Engineers)
Taking on an apprentice supports recruitment needs, reduces cost in both recruitment and wages, and allows the
apprentice to be trained and developed in the manner which the company culture requires. For more information on why you should take on an apprentice, and the costs and commitment involved contact us at [email protected] or call us on 0161 480 5656 and our friendly team will be able to help!