Plumbing and Heating (England)

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Framework ID: FR04002
Issue number: 7
Issued: 22 November 2016

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Contact name: Nigel Hollett
Telephone number: 0207 3134890
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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:

  • Environmental technologies
  • Technological requirements and changes
  • Statutory and non-statutory regulations and requirements

It will also contribute towards meeting the skills priorities for England - Skills for Sustainable Growth

Your employer's 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 fueled 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.

Successful completion of the Intermediate 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 Advanced Level framework.

Successful completion of the Advanced Level 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 awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work.

The following job roles will be covered in the Intermediate and Advanced frameworks respectively:

  • Plumber
  • Advanced Plumber

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) – Statement on Apprenticeship Quality 


1. An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. This broader mix differentiates the Apprenticeship experience from training delivered to meet narrowly focused job needs.

2. On completion of the Apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

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