About the EAS Plumbing Apprenticeship

EAS apprentice learners complete the framework

EAS apprentice learners complete the framework at either Level 2, or Level 3, with an additional environmental technologies module bolted on to the end of each year for free. This includes a full solar thermal installation qualification at Level 3, at Level 2 you will receive the environmental awareness course.

Level 3 apprenticeship will be completed with the Gas route as this is what we have received from feedback from employers.

What the learner gets:

The EAS programme is a proposed four year vocational training course that combines on the job experience with a professional and industry wide recognised qualification at Level 2 and Level 3 (2 years each). It is designed to ensure all achievers are trained to the highest standards, with the right skill levels for the future. All EAS apprentices benefit from a structured learning and achievement model based on their actual work-based learning and applied competence in the workplace.

Once they've successfully completed the apprenticeship, they will be able to practise as a qualified plumber. Their qualification will include:

The full contents of the industry recognised Level 2 Apprenticeship. This is covered in the first two years of training and includes:

  • The City and Guilds 6189 Level 2 QCF diploma in Plumbing Installation
  • Functional skills, as required
  • Bpec renewable energy awareness course

The full contents of the industry recognised Level 3 Apprenticeship. This is covered in the third and fourth years of training and includes:

  • The City and Guilds 6189 Level 3 QCF diploma in Plumbing Installation
  • Water Regs
  • Unvented Hot Water
  • Solar thermal qualification
  • Gas

Benefits for the employer:

  • For 16 to 18 year olds, the scheme is fully funded. A contribution may be required for 19 to 24 year olds (see FAQs).
  • free short course per year for own/company use.*
  • A full collaborative partnership between you and us. Our trained and qualified staffare here to support you too.
  • A learner review programme where you are included and not ignored.
  • A skilled and ultimately qualified employee with usable skills that support your business throughout their training and beyond.
  • Employers can also choose one of our short courses absolutely free. 
    All apprentice candidates will be required to sit a selection test prior to acceptance onto the AA programme. 
    *Available for as long as the apprentice remains in training and is on programme to meet yearly targets.

Find out more about the EAS apprenticeship programme or our short courses: please call Eamon Wilson on 01604 583060 or email: easmech@me.com

Frequently asked questions

Yes, there is full funding available for apprentices, aged 16 to 18 years, for their training. All the employer needs to pay for is their salary and travel. However, due to reduced government funding, there are limited spaces for 19 to 24 year old learners available, which are only partially funded at approximately 60%.

Whilst we recommend pay scales to be in line with the JIB published rates, it is entirely your decision. There are also published government guidelines for employers taking on apprentices. For more information, go online to: www.apprenticeships.org.uk/Employers.aspx 

It's exactly the same length as the standard apprenticeships should be. Whilst there will be an extended theory content attendance per year, the actual apprentice programme length is still in line with the building services engineering sector guidelines of 48 months. We always set an initial four year programme, but this will vary from learner to learner, with many completing ahead of schedule. Some apprentices, along with their employers, do benefit from a longer and stress free programme. You will always know how well your apprentice is doing because of the collaboration and reviews programme partnership between you and us.

Primarily we have planned for a day release model of one day per week for around 36 weeks per year - at our training facility in Northampton. Subject to sufficient demand from employers, we can also accommodate a block release model.

The same applies. This is per apprentice and is not restrictive, regardless of whether you recruit one apprentice or 10.

There is financial assistance available to assist eligible employers offering employment through the Apprenticeship programme to young people in the 16 to 24 year age group. This is through the provision of wage grants for employers recruiting their first apprentice from the National Apprenticeship Service. Please call us to find out more. Employers may also be eligible to receive a grant of up to £1,500.

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