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Level 3 Engineering Construction Pipefitter Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeships are work-based courses which involve learning and gaining qualifications while working for an employer. An apprentice works at the employer’s premises, gaining practical experience and skills while working towards a qualification which is relevant to their job.
The Pipefitter is a vital Engineering Construction role, working within strictly defined processes and procedures to exacting standards. This often involves working on major infrastructure projects for example power stations and oil and gas facilities both in the UK and overseas Engineering Construction Industry.

The Pipefitter can work in hazardous environments which can include working at height, over water and in confined spaces. The Pipefitter role encompasses the positioning, assembly, fabrication, maintenance, repair and decommissioning of piping systems within Engineering Construction, both on construction sites or at commercial fabrication facilities. This can include working in environments with systems that may carry water, steam, food, pharmaceutical, chemicals, gas, hydrocarbons or fuel which may be used in cooling, heating, lubricating and other processes. The Pipefitter works with various pipe materials such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics and composites. These materials can vary from 15 mm to 1200 in diameter and from 5 mm up to 75 mm in thickness dependent upon the content of the pipes and the operating pressures of the systems.

The role requires the knowledge and skills to implement the specified method of jointing required within often complex piping systems. The Pipefitter must be able to work autonomously and as part of a team ensuring compliance with health, safety and environmental, processes and procedures. The Pipefitter must also work with other Engineering Construction occupations such as welders.

Key Information

  • Duration

    Typically, this apprenticeship will take 36-42 months to complete


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There are 3 delivery models:

Standard
First year in Training Centre (British Steel) full-time (8am till 4pm)
Day-Release in second year (rest of time on-site)
Third year on-site full time
Assessed every 8 weeks whilst on-site

Intensive
First year in Training Centre full-time (8am till 4pm)
Second and third years on-site full-time
Assessed every 8 weeks whilst on-site

Day-release
First-year to complete workshop units via block-release or
in employer’s workshop
Two-years day release (8am till 4pm)
Assessed every 8 weeks whilst on-site

All apprentices must undertake an independent end-point assessment which is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been learnt throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices. This is an academic and competency based qualification; good study skills are required along with the ability to work on projects.

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees

UK

£21,000 – Apprenticeship Levy payers will pay the full cost from their levy: employers with 49 or less staff with an apprentice aged 16-18 years will pay no fees; all other employers will pay 5%. Prices are subject to discussion and agreement

 

Enquire about this Apprenticeship

Please use the following links to make an enquiry about this course.

Make an enquiry Call 01724 281111

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

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