Gas industry apprenticeship

Gas industry apprenticeship

The Gas Industry apprenticeships cover a range of job roles in the gas industry, which itself consists of two distinct activities: Gas Transmission and Distribution and Gas Utilisation.

The apprenticeships enable you to train to work in Gas Utilisation, to cover the installation, service and repair of domestic gas appliances, or in Gas Distribution, covering the installation and maintenance of the gas distribution network of gas mains and service pipes that connect properties to the gas supply.

In Gas Utilisation, the types of appliances worked on could include boilers, cookers, central heating systems and fires. Gas installation/service engineers and technicians are trained to connect appliances to gas supplies and ensure that everything’s safe, and deal with faults and gas escapes 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 legal requirement for anyone carrying out gas work within a property, mobile home or even boats. The apprenticeship also covers other aspects of the job, such as systems design, customer service, tools and materials.

On the Advanced Level apprenticeship, you’ll learn to work on more complex systems. Advanced apprentices will have the option to follow the emergency services path, learning to respond to a public reported escape of gas or other emergency, being able to assess the situation and take the appropriate action, which will include making the installation safe and initiating further repair.

The Intermediate Level apprenticeship also provides opportunities to work on the national transmission and distribution 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.

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.

Level:

Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary (once qualified):

£17,000– £28,000

Job roles:

Gas service engineer, Gas heating installer, Gas main layer, Gas service layer, Gas distribution technician, First Call operative

Issuing Authority:

Energy & Utility Skills – www.euskills.co.uk