Gas industry apprenticeships enable you to train to work in the installation, service and repair of domestic gas appliances.
These appliances could include boilers, cookers, central heating systems and fires. Gas installation/service technicians are trained to connect appliances to gas supplies and ensure that everything’s safe, and deal with leaks according to strict safety requirements.
As an apprentice, you’ll assist a gas engineer and learn how to install and maintain gas appliances, working towards registration on the Gas Safe Register - a requirement for anyone performing work on gas appliances.
The apprenticeship also covers other aspects of the job, such as systems design, customer service, tools and materials.
The intermediate level apprenticeship also provides opportunities to work on the national transmission system that transports gas across the country from “beach to burner”. You could learn the skills and knowledge required to lay and maintain gas mains and service pipes.
On the advanced level apprenticeship you’ll learn to work on more complex systems. Advanced level apprentices will have the option to follow the emergency services path, learning to respond to an emergency, assess the situation and make the necessary repairs.
As well as technical ability, you need to be good with people, who will want to feel that everything is being done safely. You’ll also need some computer skills, because safety and maintenance records must be kept up-to-date.
Apprenticeships are the ideal way into this industry because of their technical content and all the safety requirements of the job - there’s no room for mistakes.
The starting salary - once qualified is between £17,000 and £28,000.
Further information on gas industry apprenticeships can be found from Energy & Utility Skills [new window].
Reproduced from The Apprenticeship Guide 2013 [new window]
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