Following the launch of a new National Occupational Standards plumbing qualification last year, Cambridge Regional College (CRC) saw its first cohort of City and Guilds Plumbing and Heating Installations apprentices commence their studies under the new standards at the Cambridge campus this September.
With greater emphasis on the importance of high-quality systems, installations and market products, the industry is seeking highly qualified engineers with strong technical ability. The 9189-05 Level 3 qualification replaces the previous Level 2 and Level 3 extended course and aims to deliver technical learning through a demanding programme of study that looks at the environment, processes, materials and products used in designing, installing and servicing heating and plumbing installations.
Students can study plumbing as full-time learners or through an apprenticeship with CRC.
CRC has previously worked with Fernox, a leading manufacturer of industry supplies and services, and it was this existing relationship and knowledge of the company’s interest in education that led Construction lecturer Matthew Travell to approach Fernox for a wider sponsorship agreement to support learning on the updated qualification.
Head of Construction, Paul Lacey said, “It is important that our learners have a knowledge of the most up-to-date products and technology available to them through their learning. The new course will explore, review and discuss industry products and the benefits of using them on our planet, communities and public health in general. Our learners are not only exploring the practical elements of plumbing but also the importance of making ethical decisions.”
Fernox have agreed to supply CRC with a range of products that will support the learners in exploring, reviewing and discussing materials they will undoubtedly encounter when working in the industry. To celebrate the partnership and offer expertise, Fernox will be visiting the College on 30th September to talk about the products and their use in the industry.
Modern smart installations have been designed to promote water efficiency. The energy required to heat our homes and buildings is expensive so the more efficient an installation is and the longer life it has, the more environmentally friendly it will be.
Paul added, “We are very thankful for the support Fernox are giving the department. It is a fantastic opportunity for our apprentices to have such an industry link and we are looking forward to further collaborations in the future”.
The new qualification covers the industry standards that are monitored through compliance and audit which learners must be aware of and adhere to. In this new world, plumbers are increasingly being seen as key workers as we strive to maintain high living standards both in our personal dwellings and our public services (hospitals, shopping centres, schools, colleges).