The ‘Modern Apprenticeship in Plumbing’ scheme in Scotland and Northern Ireland lasts for 4 years, with typically 1 day per week reserved for training. The candidate primarily works towards a level 3 SVQ (Scotland) or level 3 NVQ (Northern Ireland) in ‘Mechanical Engineering Services (MES) Domestic: Plumbing’.

The level 3 ‘Mechanical Engineering Services (MES) Domestic: Plumbing’ NVQ/SVQ qualifications focused on in Scotland and Northern Ireland contains all the core modules of the level 2 NVQ/SVQ ‘Plumbing Studies’ qualification at the heart of the England & Wales scheme, plus supplementary modules focusing on complex plumbing systems for both domestic and industrial domains and also oil and gas systems (focused on in the England Wales Advanced Apprenticeship). It is essentially a combination of both the Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeship schemes available in England and Wales.

The grading system and course content for all other intents and purposes is the same as England and Wales. All apprentices in Scotland and Northern Ireland are governed by and graded by the Scottish and Northern Ireland Joint Industry Board (SNIJIB) for the plumbing industry as a plumber.

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