Industrial Coating Apprentice: Your Future Role?

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Construction is one of the most integral industries to the UK’s economy. An industrial coatings applicator is a critical resource for any construction project. It’s a career that can take you all over the UK while working on protecting our national infrastructure. Learn all about starting a new career or retraining an old one with an apprenticeship in a demanding yet highly rewarding role.

Career opportunities after you qualify

Apprenticeships in construction are highly valued due to the mix of technical learning and practical experience you gain on the job. There is ample room to grow in the field, as your expertise and responsibilities grow.  Industrial coating applicators are particularly in demand, with pathways to progress in your career.
Here’s an example of a Level 6 Construction apprenticeship.

The day-to-day tasks of a professional applicator

Coating application is all about assessing coatings for contamination, removing any unsafe coatings, and replacing them with new applications with corrosion resistance. The varied nature of projects and tasks means no two days are the same, but many responsibilities come with them!

Working with powerful tools and atypical materials leads to environmental and health and safety concerns. A successful apprentice will look to develop self-leadership, particularly in assessing workplace hazards. Quality assurance is a substantial element of the role, as you develop long-term solutions to fix defects and treat the underlying causes of corrosion.

Important priorities you can expect are:

  • Assess different surfaces and appropriate techniques to apply new coatings.
  • Store, maintain and care for equipment.
  • Keep records on quality controls and budgets.
  • Apply safe practices to manage equipment.
  • Handle waste in an environmentally friendly manner.

How do industrial coating applicators work?

In the modern era compatibility with your working patterns is vital to enjoy and succeed in your career.
Working in coating applications, you will likely have the opportunity to travel around the UK. Potential projects include sports stadiums, bridges, offices, hospitals, and other substantial constructions.

Depending on your preference you can work with companies of different types, from small to large-sized enterprises.

Several traits will help you in this role, including:

  • ability to work unsupervised.
  • challenge unsafe and outdated working practices.
  • logically think through problems.

 Being able to develop a plan to see out a project, considering your own and other people’s safety, industry standard procedures and quality control will help you climb the career ladder.

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What are the apprenticeship requirements?

At a minimum you will need level 1 English and Maths before starting the apprenticeship, and complete level 2 English and Maths before starting your end point assessment (EPA).

It takes around 18 months to reach gateway where you will then be assessed.

Level 2 Industrial Coating Applicator Assessments

The End Point Assessment (EPA) usually begins around 18 months into your apprenticeship. It is comprised of two sections: a 3½ hour practical session followed by an hour professional discussion with an interviewer.

The specification will be centred on applying protective coatings to steelwork, along with six theoretical questions. During the practical, you will be tested on your ability to:

  • Interpret and execute the requirements given during the practical.
  • Demonstrate appropriate care for health and safety along with environmental protection practices.
  • Implement quality control measures and take responsibility for the accuracy of your work.

During your apprenticeship, you will complete a portfolio of at minimum 10 corrosion protection projects. Although it does not directly contribute to your final mark, it is necessary for your professional discussion. An assessor will ask you 6 questions about your ability to complete projects.

You must pass both sections to receive a passing grade for the apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship standard and assessment plan go into much more detail on the technical aspects of completing the apprenticeship.

Becoming an Industrial Coating Apprentice

An apprenticeship in industrial coating application is a fantastic way to break into the construction industry. With a mix of practical and theoretical training, you will be constantly developing your expertise with never a boring moment.

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Why should you be an Industrial thermal insulation technician apprentice?

Are you interested in perusing an apprenticeship in construction, but not wanting to go to university? Well becoming an Industrial thermal insulation technician apprentice might just be for you. You will learn to be responsible in the bespoke designing and fitting of insulation for properties. Gaining valuable specialist skills to start your journey in construction.

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Thermal Insulation Technician apprentice, Josh, working overseas on a new development

About the apprenticeship

Course name: Industrial Thermal Insulation Technician Apprentice

Qualifications: Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment

Level: This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Duration: The Apprenticeship will typically be completed in 24 months.

What is a Thermal Insulation Technician?

Thermal Insulation Technicians apply multi-layer applications of specialist insulation systems, comprising of layers of high performance insulation, vapour barriers and weatherproof cladding. You will be involved in the creation of bespoke patterns using technical drawing equipment to fabricate specialist cladding materials, which are applied on top of specialist insulation systems to complex pipework, ductwork and vessels.

Thermal Insulation Technicians may work on a diverse range of sites including:

  • Power Generation, Nuclear, Oil and Gas sites
  • Petrochemical and Process Plants including Food, Brewing and Dairy
  • Shipyards
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On the left is Ben, he has recently finished as a Thermal Insulation Technician apprentice and is fully qualified

Ben Green (pictured above) recently finished his apprenticeship, he is now a qualified L3 Thermal Insulation Technician. He is now travelling around London with his team working on office development sites.

“The apprenticeship gave me the practical skills I needed to move forward in my career. Not only was I earning money, it set me up for my future. I love my job, from designing to installing and managing my team. Every day is different and exciting. I couldn’t have done it without my apprenticeship”

Ben Green

What will being a Thermal Insulation Technician apprentice teach me?

  • the accurate interpretation of relevant product information and design specifications
  • how to use technical drawing equipment
  • the process used to design and develop patterns
  • understand the specific project procurement processes
  • jointing, sealing, weatherproofing and fitting specialist insulation systems
  • how to comply with organisational health and safety policies and procedures
  • hazard recognition
  • identification of any asbestos risks
  • how to supervise, coach and mentor a team of thermal insulation operatives
  • scheduling and managing work activities
  • the relevant industry quality standards and ensure that they are adhered to
  • how to communicate instructions accurately and effectively

What skills will I leave with?

  • design and develop patterns from which to fabricate cladding from a range of specialist base materials
  • fabricate specialist cladding from patterns, including bespoke elbows, bends and T sections
  • install fabricated cladding to pipework, ductwork and vessels
  • install insulation systems using staggered and grooved joints that fit together precisely
  • resize and re-configure cladding components on site
  • use specialist hand tools and equipment
  • work reliably and safely, without close supervision, to approved industry standards and safe working practices
  • work effectively and efficiently, both individually and as part of a team, maintaining effective relationships
  • use the appropriate communication style
  • supervise and mentor other thermal insulators, providing technical advice as required
  • assist with the management of projects
  • procure resources in line with site specific procedures
  • ensure resources are moved, handled and stored safely and securely
  • implement all organizational security arrangements and procedures
  • competently erect and dismantle portable scaffold towers, ensuring safe working at heights
  • identify risks by checking information and being aware of changing external circumstances

How do I get started?

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Level 2 Stonemason Apprenticeship

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A Banker Mason in the Workshop Closeup [Image by vwalakte on Freepik]

Stonehenge, the foundations of a house and a gravestone. Whilst all very different, they all have one thing in common – they are made of stone. They also have another thing in common, they all need someone to maintain or build them. Is this where you could come in? A level 2 Stonemason apprenticeship can teach you any of these things and more, so this is your chance to find out whether this would be the career for you!

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is an opportunity to learn and gain valuable on-the-job experience whilst still getting paid.

Alongside taking on your company duties, you will be able to put 20% of your time towards completing classroom based learning. This is usually through a university, college or education provider, that leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

They are great for people who are early on in their career and want to learn about their sector of interest, those who are looking to up-skill themselves in their role and those who are looking for a career change.

Stonemason Apprenticeship Overview

The purpose of this level 2 stonemason apprenticeship is to install new natural ethically/sustainable sourced stone. It is also to conserve existing stone in buildings/landscape projects. When conserving these amazing buildings (sometimes being historic heritage sites) it will likely they will have damage. As a result this will include repairing or replacing the current stone. For this particular standard, there are 6 specialism routes that you could choose to go down:

  1. Banker Masons – Mainly in workshops focused on producing finished stone components to specific degrees (end-to-end production)
  2. Interior Stone Fixers – Install stone components into walls and flooring, along with kitchens and bathrooms
  3. Exterior Stone Fixers – Install solid masonry and hand-set stone cladding to the outside of structures
  4. Memorial Masons – Produce, repair and install memorial stonework
  5. Stone Façade Preservationists – Assess, restore and clean stonework
  6. Heritage Stonemasons – Conserve, repair and replace stone in historic buildings

What is a typical day in the life of a Stonemason?

A stonemason’s office is never the same. For the stonemason apprenticeship, it could be in the workshop, outside on a construction site or in an office. Two days are never the same. Consequently, on Monday you could be drawing a new design plan and by Friday you are installing some of your stonework.

What is a highlight are the people you get to meet along the way. A stonemason’s work is never alone – you will need to work with bricklayers, carpenters, plumbers and the list goes on! Therefore if you are someone who thrives in a social environment this could be the apprenticeship for you.

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People of different construction specialisms coming together on a construction site [Image by partystock on Freepik]

Stonemason Occupational Duties

As a stonemason apprentice there will be certain core duties that you will have to meet. For example:

‘Duty 1 – Select, use and maintain tools, components and equipment appropriate to the task being carried out’

There will also be some duties for your chosen specialism. There are an extra two per specialism and they will need to be completed alongside your core requirements. To see a full list of duties, take a look at the stonemason apprenticeship overview on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website. Within this overview, it will also cover the knowledge requirements that need to be demonstrated during your apprenticeship and core duties.

Stonemason Apprenticeship Key Information

This apprenticeship has a duration of 24 months. After the 24 months is when you will then enter the gateway period. The gateway period (also known as an EPA) is when you will complete your final apprenticeship assessments. The EPA will consist of 2 final assessments and will be graded as a pass or fail. Upon completion of these assessments, you will then receive a pass, fail or distinction. Take a look at the full assessment details. You will also need to have your English and Maths qualifications before entering gateway.

If you require funding for this apprenticeship there is a maximum limit of £11000.

Stonemason Apprenticeship Summary

Whilst that is a lot of information to take in, here are the three key points to take away with you when deliberating this apprenticeship:

  1. If this is the industry you are interested in, this is a great way to learn about stone-masonry and gain a qualification, whilst still being paid
  2. This is a level 2 apprenticeship, therefore it is open to anyone over the age of 16 who have their Maths and English Qualifications
  3. This could lead to a long-term career post qualification if you use the opportunity to its full potential

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Level 3 Curtain Wall Installer Apprenticeship

Are you on the lookout for an apprenticeship but aren’t completely sure which specific apprenticeship to apply to? Well the Level 3 Curtain Wall Installer apprenticeship in the construction and built environment industry could be the apprenticeship that you are looking for. The broad point of the apprenticeship is to install curtain wall systems.

Curtain Wall System – What is it and what is it’s purpose?

What is a Curtain Wall system? Curtain wall systems are installed to form all or part of the external envelope of a building. Specifically curtain walling is a non-structural fabricated aluminium cladding system, found on the external walls of large multi-storey buildings. It is a lightweight material that can be glazed, opaque, or include infill panels, and these aluminium systems can be transported and manufactured.

Well I know what a curtain wall system is now, but what’s the purpose of it you may be wondering. Well, curtain wall systems have the primary purpose of keeping air and water out of the building, essentially acting as both a buffer and an insulator. Buildings that have curtain walls will be easier (and more affordable) to maintain, and will last longer in general, as they have this additional protective shield build in.

Curtain Wall Installer – A Day In The Life

Now that you know what a curtain wall system is, let’s go through what a day to day life looks like for someone working as a curtain wall installer in the construction industry.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with other members of the installation team, (the nature of the product necessitates a minimum of 2 people and quite often larger teams of 4 or 6 personnel), site managers and/or installation managers, the Client, main contractor and/or architect, design team members, other external envelope contractors, the system supplier and façade consultants. This is usually a site-based occupation and can involve working at extreme heights including the use of specialist access plant to handle and install the products. The installer may work directly for the system fabricator or work for a specialist installation company. The installers will travel to where the work/site is located. This can involve working away for a period of time and staying in local accommodation for the duration of the work programme.

Working hours are generally between 7-8.00 am until 5-6.00 pm but may involve additional hours to maintain the project programme. Sometimes, depending on site access/usage during normal working hours, the installers may be required to work night shifts and weekend shifts.

5 key skills you will need to succeed in this role

  • Select the correct type and quantity of materials, components and equipment for each task in line with specifications/instructions.
  • Read and interpret specifications, diagrams, drawings, and work instructions such as BIM; following instructions.
  • Prepare the work area effectively, making the site safe and ensuring all parties are considered.
  • Perform dynamic risk assessments, identifying risks and hazards in the workplace and control measures.
  • Complete tools and equipment checks and adjustments. Use appropriate tools and equipment safely.

Qualifications Needed For This Role

English and Maths – Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Wondering what the duration of a Curtain Wall Installer apprenticeship is?

Typically this apprenticeship will last for 21 months.

Does this sound like an apprenticeship that you could potentially want to do? If the answers yes, then click here to read more information on the Level 3 Curtain Wall Installer Apprenticeship.

If you feel like working in the construction industry is right for you then read our Occupational Map on construction right here.

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Level 4 Construction Site Supervisor Apprenticeship

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Have you ever wondered how to get into a career in Construction? Would you like to earn while you learn? Finally, do you have a keen interest in improving your planning, organisation and reporting skills? If you have answered yes to some of these questions, you may find this higher apprenticeship in Construction Site Supervision perfect for you. Read on to find out why.

Who can apply for a Construction Site Supervisor apprenticeship based in the UK?

Currently, employers can set their own entry requirements, meaning that a wide range of people can apply for this course.

5 GCSEs (or equivalent), including Maths, English & Science, or a Level 2 apprenticeship are typically required for applicants of this role.

Employers will usually support apprentices to achieve level 2 English and Maths qualifications while on the course, meaning that applicants are not necessarily limited by these criteria – it all depends on the company!

In other words, employers can hire anyone they feel is suitable for the role, given that they have shown a keen interest and have a general understanding of the position. Could this be you?  

Anyone who wants to apply for this apprenticeship should expect to be on the course for around 3 years. They should be prepared to work towards the Level 4 qualification in Construction and Built Environment. What does this involve?

What are the key responsibilities of a Construction Site Supervisor apprentice?

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A group of construction site supervisors evaluating a building site.

The Construction Site Supervisor apprenticeship involves close work with specialist contractors and workers on construction projects, supervising activities both on building sites and occasionally in office settings. 

This role requires a level of professional judgment, as a lot of planning, organisation and project management will be executed by the apprentice. Teamwork and communication are therefore especially important, as the apprentice will be working with a wide variety of colleagues, giving instructions and making recommendations to ensure that construction projects run smoothly. 

This apprenticeship will teach you key skills that are beneficial to this industry, in order to complete regular tasks across a range of projects. 

In your day to day role as a Construction Site Supervisor apprentice, you will learn how to: 

  • Supervise contractors onsite;
  • Identify and prevent risk, promoting safe working practices
  • Implement Construction Technology solutions for different project types
  • Record/control the progress, cost and quality of construction projects
  • Control health and safety standards onsite
  • Minimise the negative impact of construction to the environment 

These are just a few of the many key Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) that you can develop while on the apprenticeship. This apprenticeship gives you a chance to showcase innovation by putting new ideas and solutions forward to benefit the projects that you work on. 

How is the Construction Site Supervisor apprenticeship assessed?

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A Construction Site Supervisor Apprentice completing work digitally for their EPA.

You will also have an opportunity to demonstrate these key KSBs in the End Point Assessment (EPA), at the conclusion of the course.

This will involve:

  • An online test – this checks you have retained the relevant knowledge to execute this role
  • Project – an opportunity to demonstrate your skills, technical abilities and knowledge 
  • Professional Discussion – here you have the chance to explain the work you have created. You can verbally showcase your understanding of the course KSBs 

After these key assessments have taken place, your final grade will be decided by the EPA organisation. 

For more detailed information regarding the EPA, click here.

What career progression opportunities are there for this course?

Having completed your Level 4 qualification, you may be wondering how this apprenticeship can benefit you in the long-term. 

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship course, you will earn a Level 4 qualification in Construction and Built Environment. The industry recognise this as Technician Status (or the equivalent) within your role. 

From here on, you could progress to a number of new roles. A fully qualified Site Supervisor can earn up to £45k annually, according to government data. You might also be promoted to a Construction Supervisor Manager; experienced workers in this role can earn around £65k per annum. 

To progress your learning even further, you could alternatively follow this course with another apprenticeship! For example, the Level 6 Building Control Surveyor programme, in which you are able to achieve a BSc (Hons) Degree in Building Control.

Learn more about the best apprenticeships for you

Evidently, Construction Site Supervision is an excellent career choice, with multiple routes to the progression of your skillset and paycheck!

Taking this apprenticeship course is a fantastic way to establish yourself as a beginner within the Construction industry. You can gain a large amount of new knowledge that can open up many career pathways for you afterwards! 

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Level 2 Facilities Service Operative Apprenticeship

Level 2 Facilities Service Operative

Thinking of doing an apprenticeship? Do you possess strong people skills? Enjoy problem solving and generating ideas and solutions across a range of internal teams and external customers? Want a role that is customer-facing, where no two days are ever the same? Then this level 2 Facilities Service Operative apprenticeship could be for you.

Overview and Requirements For The L2 Facilities Service Operative Apprenticeship – 2 years

The Facilities Service Operative apprenticeship provides support to customers and Facilities Management and can cover a range of responsibilities from security and maintenance through to catering, logistics and cleaning services. This role is typically found in residential developments as well as commercial settings such as schools, hospitals and businesses – its a wide-reaching role with opportunities across many sectors, with job functions such as concierge, facilities assistant and workplace coordinator.

Having great people skills is key. The Facilities Service Operative apprenticeship role encounters colleagues across different departments, such as Finance and Procurement, as well as liaises with technical experts and other Facilities Management-related roles such as security personnel, catering and front-of-house staff. Someone in this role may work in small teams or in large groups of up to 500 people – just depends on the size of the contract. So ability to communicate with people at different levels is a must!

English and Maths qualifications form a mandatory part of all apprenticeships. But don’t be put off, you can still join the apprenticeship and study for your Maths and English GCSEs alongside your apprenticeship – with full support! It’s also required that you complete a Level 2 Facilities Services Principles before finishing your apprenticeship, which will be a core focus.

This standard also aligns with the following profession recognition: Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management for Associate

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Main Responsibilities:

  • Support delivery of health and safety procedures
  • Provide effective customer service to internal and external customers
  • Maintain soft services (cleaning & catering etc)
  • Gather information to enable continuous improvement to services
  • Deliver front-of-house facilities
  • Support hard functions (engineering and maintenance etc)
  • Maintain and develop competence in the FM industry/sector
  • Support the delivery of FM projects

To help you succeed in your apprenticeship, you’ll be measured across a range of competencies which will not only challenge you, but equip you with the knowledge and skills that are required to help you advance in this role.


This Level 2 Facilities Service Operative apprenticeship offers a great opportunity to learn on the job, gaining valuable insight into a career in facilities and site management that you wouldn’t have access to if you went down the traditional education route – and you get paid! Throughout your two-year course you’ll learn a range of core skills including:

  • Team work
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Attention to detail
  • Adaptability
  • Managing range of customers


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Surveying Technician Apprenticeship Level 3

Looking to kick start your career in the construction industry? If so, read on to find out how this level 3 surveying technician apprenticeship could help you advance your skills and knowledge to build a future. However, if you are currently undergoing an apprenticeship, you could change roles within your current organisation and complete the apprenticeship training.

Role, Responsibilities and Entry Requirements

The occupations covered by this standard are associated with surveying technicians acting on behalf of clients or employers in an assistant capacity. The primary role of a Survey Technician is to collect information from site inspectors and inform advice to clients on land, property and construction. As a surveying technician you will have a good understanding of construction plans, data management and work face to face with clients. You can expect to undergo the following as your key responsibilities:

  • Firstly, to collect information from inspections or visits to buildings, land and construction sites
  • To take appropriate measurements of buildings, land or plans
  • Meet with other professionals, clients, customers and others to obtain and provide information relating to land, property or construction
  • To collect and record data relating to land, buildings or construction for technical use
  • Manage work tasks relating to the area of practice
  • To undertake costings and/or measurements and/or valuations using data collected from research
  • Finally, to ensure a safe working environment for themselves and others

If this all sounds too good to be true, then today is your lucky day! Entry requirement for the apprenticeship are typically 5 (or more) GCSEs at grade C or higher including Maths and English. Although, a Level 2 apprenticeship in a construction or property related discipline can also be considered. An employer is looking for the right candidate, this could vary regardless of educational background. The apprenticeship is accessible to everyone and gives them a chance to succeed on this course. Don’t have up to date English and Maths certificates? We’ve got you covered, all candidates will have the opportunity to complete this if needed as part of the apprenticeship.

Level 3 Surveying Technician Requirements

As part of your apprenticeship and job role, you will complete your key responsibilities to achieve a number of core requirements in terms of Knowledge, Skills and all Behaviours. In addition to this, you will also have to achieve two optional requirements from both Skills and Knowledge. These can be achieved through various projects within your job role that could vary and change overtime and can include:

Knowledge: In relation to Land, Property and Construction

  • Law
  • Data Collection
  • Economics
  • Health and Safety
  • Sustainability
  • Construction Technology
  • Personal Effectiveness

Skills: In regards to the Surveying Environment

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Health and Safety
  • Construction Technology
  • Law
  • Personal Effectiveness


  • Provide a High Standard of Service
  • Act in a way that Promotes Trust in the Surveying Profession
  • Act with Integrity
  • Treat Others with Respect
  • Take Responsibility

Evidently, more detailed information regarding the course and current assessments can be found in the Surveying Technician Assessment Plan


As I have shown, jumping into the construction industry has never been easier. This level 3 surveying technician apprenticeship covers core skills and will open up a wide range of job opportunities across this sector. In addition to this, you take a look at Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeships if you feel this route is not exactly what you are looking for. Again, employers are keen to shape how their employees work and learn through apprenticeships and provide them with progression opportunities.

Furthermore, additional information on progression opportunities within apprenticeships, check out our Occupational Maps that outline recognised pathways for apprenticeships and T Levels.

Level 2 Wall & Floor Tiler Apprenticeship

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Apprenticeships are an alternative route to university, as well as a way to kick-start your career in a certain industry. Apprenticeships are continuing to grow and expand, with up to Level 7 degree apprenticeships now available, and in many different fields, such as the Construction industry.

What is a Wall & Tiler Apprenticeship?

The Level 2 Wall & Floor Tiler Apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the craft, whilst learning and earning at the same time. Wall & Floor Tilers are responsible for operating in both commercial and domestic properties undertaking all types of wall and floor tiling using different techniques and materials desired by the client. Tilers have great knowledge of their craft, different tiling methods and techniques, and are able to meet client requirements. 

With the Wall & Tiler apprenticeship, you will have to complete a portfolio over the duration of the programme to demonstrate your competencies as well as training towards your English and Maths if required. You will also have to complete a theory-based test to ensure you have the required knowledge needed as a Wall & Floor Tiler. Once these are completed, you will then have your end point assessment which will consist of a knowledge test, a practical observation, and an interview conducted by an external examiner underpinned by your portfolio which you have provided. Once this process is done, you will then be awarded one of the follow grades: Fail, Pass or Distinction.

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What skills do Tilers need?

Tilers often work independently and as part of a team, depending on the scale of the project, and therefore must be effective communicators and able to work well in both environments, therefore, communication and team-working skills are key. Tilers must also be able to have good knowledge of the different safety and environmental regulations they must comply with, as well as have good knowledge of their craft,which you will gain if you decide to undertake an apprenticeship. Furthermore, tilers must be excellent problem solvers, and must be able to follow briefs and interpret drawings in order to execute a clients’ vision. 

According to the apprenticeship standard, these are the behaviours that are expected to be demonstrated by a wall & floor tiler;

  • Able to take responsibility of the safety of themselves and others around them
  • Must be reliable with a great work ethic, motivated, and able to adapt to changing environments and circumstances
  • Must be customer-centric
  • Must be meticulous, demonstrating attention to detail, quality, and always striving for improvement
  • Should have good industry knowledge and  be aware of the business missions and goals
  • Able to work effectively independently and as part of a team

What is the learning specification as a Level 2 Tiler?

The Level 2 Wall & Floor Apprenticeship usually lasts a duration of 30-36 months, in which apprentices will be learning the knowledge and understanding needed to qualify as a tiler, as well as the practical skills required. The different work methods that will be taught are;

  • Work Methods – to ensure you are working safely to protect yourself and those around you, such as identifying hazards and risks in the workplace.
  • Identify and respond to customer needs – to understand different types of communications and the different methods needed to meet customer requirements.
  • Construction industry – key factors and systems of work appropriate to different work environments.
  • Building methods – to identify different building methods and choose the appropriate method of preparation and fixing based on the work environment. 
  • Production and specification information – able to make appropriate judgements based on the environment of what methods and materials to use, as well as advising clients when necessary. 
  • Preparation, application and removal – understanding different preparation, application, and removal methods and when best to use them.

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Level 3 – Refrigeration air conditioning and heat pump engineering technician

Do you have an interest in the Construction industry? Preferably with a focus in refrigeration air conditioning and heat pump engineering technician? This Level 3 Apprenticeship will provide you with understanding how to plan, prepare and safely carry out work in process, product and space cooling. This is a 36 month program with the EQA Provider as Ofqual. 

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Entry Requirements

You should have English or Maths at Level 2 or above, however if not, your employer should ensure you achieve this before the completion of the apprenticeship.

Mandatory qualifications

All apprentices must achieve a “Level 2 Certificate in F Gas and ODS Regulations Category 1” as this is a legal requirement under the EU F Gas Regulation 517/2014 to work on equipment containing Fluorinated Refrigerants.

What could you be doing?

The design, installation, routine maintenance, reactive service, commissioning and de-commissioning of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump systems. Technicians require a thorough competency in their understanding of the engineering principles of thermodynamics and the vapour compression cycle in order to perform operations. A fully competent technician works without immediate supervision, and liaises effectively with other trades and with end users.

What knowledge is required?

  • Understanding of relevant UK and international standards, technical and environmental legislation including health & safety, environmental protection, working with pressure systems, electrical circuits and flammable substances.
  • Familiarising yourself with industry Codes of Practice and other sources of up to date information and advice on technical safety and legislative aspects of their work.
  • A comprehensive understanding of principles of thermodynamics, gas laws, psychrometrics, fluid flow, electricity, properties of refrigerant fluids and lubricants.
  • Ability to understand relevant diagrams, calculations, tools, charts, tables and formulae and apply them as appropriate.
  • A strong understanding of the function and operation of system components and how they interact in a range of different systems and applications.
  • Knowledge of environmental impact of refrigerants, maximising efficient system performance and mitigation of direct and indirect carbon emissions.
  • Understanding of environmental technologies such as heat recovery, low GWP refrigerants, and other equipment which can be used to reduce heat gain, cooling load or energy use.

What skills are required?

  • Installation, commissioning, testing, fault diagnostics, rectification of systems, component/refrigerant suitability and selection
  • Working with pressure systems and electrical circuits and systems
  • Evaluating and mitigating risks of refrigerants including toxicity, flammability and other potential risks or hazards to self and the general public.
  • Decommissioning, safe recovery and disposal of equipment and hazardous waste transfer
  • Electrical and electronic control systems setting, testing and fault finding; and their integration with system-associated communication networks.
  • Positioning, fixing, jointing and testing of pipework, electrical circuits and water circuits where relevant.
  • Determining heating and cooling loads and selecting and balancing appropriate components and systems for maximum performance and efficiency.
  • Using system operating parameters for efficient performance to achieve measurable and sustained reductions in carbon emissions.
  • Routine and reactive service and maintenance, testing, fault finding, reporting and rectification.
  • Retrofitting and retrofilling of existing equipment to lower GWP refrigerants including safety, reliability and environmental considerations.

What behaviours are required?

  • Disciplined approach to assessing, managing, mitigating and avoiding risk in a variety of situations to themselves, colleagues, the public and the environment.
  • Positive ethical attitude and behaviours including reliability, willingness to take responsibility. Commitment to completing tasks and ability to work as part of a multidisciplined team.
  • Employs logical thinking, and determined attitude to problem solving and technical challenges.
  • A strong Attention to detail, following procedures, planning and preparation and verifying compliance.
  • Takes responsibility for work and interactions with colleagues, customers, suppliers or subcontractors.
  • Uses a range of communications methods effectively, positively and in timely fashion.
  • Able to adapt to changes in conditions, technologies, situations and a wide variety of different working environments.
  • Willingness to learn and commitment to professional development and to applying principles of sound engineering and sustainability of engineering systems.


Completing this Level 3 Qualification, you will build the foundations for a successful career and eventually work towards being a; Refrigeration Technician/Engineer, Air Conditioning Technician/Engineering, Heat pump Technician/Engineer, Service Technician/Engineer, Maintenance Technician/Engineer or Commissioning Engineer. You can find more information via the apprenticeship standard document.

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Gas Engineering operative (Level 3 apprenticeship)

Are you interested in finding a hands-on role within the construction industry but don’t have the right qualifications? A Level 3 Gas engineering operative apprenticeship could be a great option for you. By taking part in our Gas engineering operative apprenticeship, you’ll get first-hand experience while getting paid. As well as this, you’ll gain a Level 3 qualification at the end of it.

What Is a Gas Engineering Operative?

When thinking about the role of a Gas Engineering Operative, most people immediately associate this with people who install and repair their gas boilers. While this is a part of the role, there is also much more to it.

A career in gas engineering is very varied, and with the right training Gas Engineers can handle much more than installing and repairing gas boilers and heating systems. Gas engineers can work for a construction company, or be self-employed, meaning that this lucrative career path opens a lot more opportunities for them and puts their earning potential in their own hands.

What does the role entail?

A Gas engineer has a very varied role day-to-day, so is a great route for someone looking for a career where no day is the same! Day to day duties can include the safe installation, commission, decommission and the ongoing service and repair of gas appliances in either a domestic or non-domestic setting. Roles in gas engineering are physical in nature, and may involve lifting and moving of equipment, working at heights and working in confined spaces, making it the perfect role for individuals looking for a role which is physically challenging.

They will be responsible for Health and safety of others and will undertake rigorous risk assessments. You will also confidently deliver a polite, courteous, professional service to all customers and members of the public whilst safeguarding customer welfare and recognizing vulnerability, equality and diversity

The Gas Engineering operative will carry out safe isolation essential electrical safety checks and undertake the necessary safety checks following Gas work on an appliance (regulation 26/9. They will work in compliance with statutory and normative documentation including building regulations, water regulations and electrical regulations.

The successful Gas engineering operative will demonstrate tightness testing, purging and relight procedures on gas installations, and demonstrate pipework installations/pipework skills, pressure and flow/pipework sizing, meter installations. They will Identify faults and take the appropriate action and undertake the installation and/or repair and maintenance of appliances. The successful Gas operative will demonstrate tightness testing, purging and relight procedures on gas installations, and demonstrate pipework installations/pipework skills, pressure and flow/pipework sizing, meter installations.

To find out more about the day-to-day role of a Gas Engineering operative within the construction industry, check out this article

A man (Gas Engineering Operative) in a yellow helmet wiring an electrical appliance on a grey wall

What are the requirements for the Gas Engineering operative Apprenticeship?

Applicants will normally have gained a minimum of 3-5 GCSEs (grade A-C) or equivalent, preferably English, mathematics and a science or relevant / appropriate experience. Apprentices without level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment

  1. Recognize personal and professional limitations and seek appropriate advice when necessary
  2. Display self-discipline and self-motivated approach
  3. Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner
  4. Be willing to learn new skills and put yourself out of your comfort zone

This apprenticeship will last 18 months and will require a mixture of hands on and theory work, so someone willing to commit to 18 months of on-the-job learning is essential.

In achieving a pass or a distinction in this apprenticeship, the successful apprentice will be eligible to apply for membership with the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech)

The Bottom line

A career in gas engineering is a great opportunity for people looking for a hands on, challenging role that is highly respected within the Construction industry. You can find out more about the Gas engineering operative role at The Institute for apprenticeships and Technical Education

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