An apprentices build a portfolio of work and work-place assessors will be in regular contact to provide support, and to arrange on-site visits to observe the apprentices’ ability and skills in their daily role. It is important for the apprentice to take ownership of their own learning by seeking out opportunities to gain new skills on the job with the employer.
Apprentices and employers will be enrolled on our award-winning e-Portfolio system “OneFile” to enable both parties to upload evidence of learning and to track progression through the programme
Once the apprentices has completed their Level 3 National Occupational Standard as a Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician and any needed Maths and English, they will then be independently assessed on a knowledge assessment and practical skills assessment which will be graded at a Pass (50% - 65%), Merit (61% - 79%) or Distinction (80% - 100%) grade.
End Point Assessment – at an independent centre
Knowledge Test – 50 Questions / 90 Minutes to complete. Questions will vary and cover H&S, Plumbing and heating science processes, Environmental and energy efficient working practices, Plumbing and Heating Systems, team working, effective communications, logical thinking and team working
Design Project (Applied Knowledge Assessment) – taking 7 hours’ duration, in an assessment centre. Building plans are provided to the apprentice with a job specification, manufacturer’s information and data, British Standards, and regulations. The apprentice is asked to complete a heating, hot water and cold-water design capable of meeting the job specification.
The apprentice will then produce:
• design criteria
• completed fabric heat loss
• heating pipework sizing
• hot and cold-water pipe and component sizing
• final layout plans
• materials list
• merchant order
The performance element has two components: the Practical Installation Test and the Practical Application Test.