Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson Apprenticeship

Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson

On this Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson Apprenticeship, you’ll have the opportunity to be responsible of the United Kingdom’s gas network. This consists of around 286,000 kilometres (175,00 miles) of pipeline that supplies natural gas from on shore terminals through to 21.5 million gas users.

Gas Network Craftsperson’s are employed by organisations authorised to transport gas throughout the United Kingdoms. The projects worked on could have values in excess of £250,000. This provides you with great experience in both the highly valued jobs as well as the lower valued jobs.

Typically, the duration of this apprenticeship is 48 months where you’ll be exposed to a larger team. This may include planners, designers, supervisors and managers. This will allow you to pick up recognised, valuable experience in the industry.

Job and entry Criteria for the Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson Apprenticeship

Entry requirements:

Candidates will typically have 3 to 5 GCSEs at grades A to C or 9 to 4 (including mathematics, English and a science), or equivalent qualifications


Apprentices without level 2 English and maths on entry will need to achieve this level prior to completing the end point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement. This is Entry Level 3, also British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

As a Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson, there will be 4 key specialist responsibility that you’ll need to learn about.

Firstly, you will need to become Network Maintenance Craftsperson (Electrical & Instrumentation).  You will be responsible for maintaining the controls and systems that measure, monitor, analyse and control the performance of the gas network.

Secondly, you’ll need to learn skills to become a Network Maintenance Craftsperson (Pressure Management). You will be responsible for maintaining the controls and systems that measure, monitor and analyse pressures and flows within the gas network. 

Next, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and be a Network Pipelines Maintenance Craftsperson. Being responsible for the maintenance and protection of the gas transportation pipelines and associated connecting plant and equipment.


A Level 3 Gas Network Craftsperson is a role in high demand and there are a lot of things to learn considering the number of skills and experience you will pick up from working in four different specialist areas. We highly recommend taking it. This career path will allow you to become an expert in an individual area such as Network Pipelines Maintenance Craftsperson, or become an allrounder and pick up all the skills in the trade which will come with an above average salary for sure!

Science Process Manufacturing Apprenticeship Level 2

Are you passionate about science or manufacturing and interested in combining your interests? This could be the perfect role for you! Build your interest into a career with a level 2 Science process manufacturing apprenticeship. Find out more below…

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About this industry

Firstly, one thing you need to know is that science process manufacturing is varied. It includes industries such as:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Composites
  • Petrochemical
  • Polymer
  • Pharmaceutical

The science process industry combines raw materials and apply a science based process or processes biological, chemical or physical to create products. Furthermore, these products are made continuously or in batches.

Within the science process manufacturing industry The Health and Safety Executive and other industry regulators will regularly inspect employers. The Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations will also apply to some process manufacturing companies. Employers must manage risks to the employee, product, environment, and sometimes the wider community.

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Key Duties of a Science Process Manufacturing Apprentice

You’ll be responsible for various duties in this role. Here are a few examples of what you will be given the opportunity to get involved in:

  • Help to carry out process manufacturing operations by using operating plant or equipment in line with standard operating procedures
  • Arrange and prepare materials for process activity
  • Carry out checks of equipment and process before they run or as part of handover responsibilities
  • Contribute to quality control – This is where you will conduct quality checks and escalate concerns
  • Carry out end of process activities – For example, finish, pack, discharge or move goods

Core knowledge, skills and behaviours

Within your apprenticeship you’ll build a solid working knowledge, along with skills and behaviours. This will be in a mix of practical and education situations. You’ll get the most out of your studies through this. For example, knowledge of science process manufacturing, improve your ability to collect and interpret information, follow procedures in line with process industry environmental and sustainability regulations and adapt to changing work requests. Plus much more!

Lastly, for a more in depth look at this apprenticeship, you can read the brief full brief here.

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Level 3 Maintenance & Operations Technician Apprenticeship

Maintenance Technicians have a wide range of responsibilities, whether they work in a specialist role or one requiring a wider skill set. Typically, the role includes anything from carrying out routine or emergency repairs to fixtures, fittings, and equipment to conducting routine inspections of buildings and liaising with external specialists and contractors.   

Jobs and entry criteria

The level 3 Maintenance & Operations Technician Apprenticeship is ideal for individuals wanting to pursue a career in engineering and it provides the skills and knowledge in 7 roles:

  • Electrical Technicians
  • Mechanical Technicians
  • Control & Instrumentation Technicians
  • Wind Turbine Technicians
  • Electrical System and Process Control Technicians
  • Electromechanical Technicians
  • Plant Operation Technicians
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Regardless of the role, the Maintenance & Operations Technician is responsible for maintaining the safety, integrity, and effective operation of plant and equipment. It can involve working in exciting sectors such as the generation of electricity, oil and gas refining, nuclear waste, pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics, to name a few.

A Rewarding Career

Salaries in the UK for a Maintenance & Operations Technician average at £33,000 demonstrating that this can be a rewarding career choice. The level 3 apprenticeship will provide you with an excellent grounding to a rewarding and lucrative career with lots of opportunities for career progression. There are many opportunities open to you such as becoming a supervisor or project manager, or you could choose to specialise in areas like CAD design or quality control.

Despite the wealth of opportunities on offer, the entry requirements are not too onerous as the entry requirements are typically 3 GCSEs at grade C or higher including maths, English and science, or equivalent relevant experience. However, don’t despair if you haven’t got GCSEs in English or maths as you will get the opportunity to complete these during your apprenticeship if needed.

Your Key Responsibilities

Electrical/Mechanical/Control and Instrumentation and Wind Turbine Technicians will work on various types of plant and equipment commonly found throughout the engineering industry sectors.

To support the business and operational requirements of modern integrated engineered production plant and services, Electrical Systems and Process Control Technicians and Electromechanical Technicians will need to apply a range of conventional skills and knowledge to undertake engineering activities on a selection of electromechanical and process control plant, systems and equipment.

These Technicians will undertake installation, testing, servicing, removal, replacement, maintenance and repair of a range of equipment. Sometimes the work will be complex, as part of planned preventative and reactive maintenance programmes. They may also undertake decommissioning activities when plant is being removed from service.

Plant Operation Technicians will undertake the safe and efficient operation of complex integrated energy conversion and production plant and systems. These activities could include plant commissioning, isolation and testing, plant preparation, plant start-up and shut down, monitoring and controlling plant and dealing with critical operational problems.

They will be responsible for the quality of their own work and possibly others’ whilst ensuring the work is completed safely, meets stakeholder quality, time and budget requirements. All whilst maintaining the efficient running of plant and equipment.

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Level 3 core competencies

Level 3 core competencies

As part of your role, an apprentice carries out a number of tasks to satisfy the competencies such as:

  • complying with industry health, safety and environmental working practices and regulations
  • communicating with and provide information to stakeholders in line with your personal role and responsibilities
  • reads, understands and interprets information and works in compliance with technical specifications and supporting documentation
  • carrys out planned, unplanned and preventative maintenance procedures
  • diagnoses and determines the cause of faults

Depending on the area you specialise in, there will be other competencies you will need to display, ranging from installing and dismantling equipment to evaluating and solving complex problems within your work environment.

You can find out more information about the specific competencies for each area and the other competencies and knowledge by reading the occupational standard and assessment plan which will help you understand and prepare for the end-point assessment.

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Apprenticeships are an excellent way to enter the engineering field because you learn on the job. Your days will be balanced between working alongside someone experienced in the field to obtain practical skills and studying towards a recognised and valued qualification. The level 3 maintenance & operations technician apprenticeship takes between 36 and 42 months to complete allowing you to earn a wage as you study.

The apprenticeship will provide you with the core skills you need to progress in your chosen career, but you don’t need to stop there! There are many more apprenticeships available to help you progress or you could choose to qualify as an engineer by completing a degree.

The engineering sector will always be in demand as although some jobs may disappear, new sectors quickly open up enabling you to have a career anywhere in the world. This is why a Level 3 Maintenance & Operations Technician apprenticeship could really be your passport to success.

Level 3 Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship – What you need to know.

Does a career in looking after animals and wildlife appeal to you? If so, read on to find out how the Level 3 Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship could help you start a new career.

Entry Criteria for the Level 3 Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship

The Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship provides opportunities for an apprentice to learn the skills required to assist and adhere to the zoological collections and industry best practice. These include jobs such as: Animal Keeper, Aquarist or Zookeeper. Aquarists’ salaries in the UK average at £33k proving that this can be a promising career choice. The Keeper and Aquarist apprenticeship provides an excellent opportunity for starting on a pathway that offers excellent career progression opportunities. You can future proof your career by using the Level 3 Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship as a starting point.

If this all sounds too good to be true, it’s not! Although normally set by employers, the entry requirements for the Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship are Level 2 English and Maths. An employer may hire you regardless of your background if you are the right fit for their organisation. This gives everyone the chance to succeed on this Apprenticeship! If you haven’t got up to date English and Maths certificates, you will get the opportunity to complete these prior if needed.

Key Responsibilities of a Keeper and Aquarist

The primary role of a Zookeeper/ Aquarist is to take responsibility for the everyday care and husbandry of the animals within the collection. Zookeepers/ Aquarists are typically involved with recording and reporting any observed changes and concerns to senior animal keeping staff/management and learning the use of up-to-date recording systems like ZIMS. An employee in this occupation interacts with volunteers, animal keepers, management, veterinary staff, staff from other departments, colleagues from other zoological collections and members of the public. As a Zookeeper/ Aquarist you will have a strong work ethic and show respect and empathy for both people and animals.

Level 3 Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship Competencies

As part of your job role, you will carry out duties that will satisfy several competencies. Some examples are:

  • Working effectively in a safe and healthy working environment following current/relevant health and safety legislation and workplace policies.
  • Prioritise more critical and less critical activities and tasks using scheduling techniques that enable them to meet deadlines.
  • Communicate information clearly and within a timely manner with internal audiences such as colleagues, vets, managers, and contractors, concisely, accurately and in ways that promote understanding.
  • Actively listen, process, and prioritise information, confirm understanding and react according to level of risk.
  •  Accurately record, retrieve, and monitor information and write reports using a range of systems relevant to zoo/aquarium keeping within your organisation, such as diaries, ZIMS, Tracks, and Excel.
  • Observe, describe, and interpret animal behaviour including species specific behaviours
  • Interpret diet sheets and safely store, prepare, and present diets in a manner which promotes species.
  • Identify the most appropriate methods of successfully transporting animals, considering species, level of risk, duration, animal welfare considerations, health and safety, legislation.

As a Keeper/ Aquarist, you will need to encourage public engagement with wildlife. The knowledge modules will help you understand the following:

  • Current legislation, including health and safety and Animal Welfare Act, zoo licencing act, EU Zoos directive
  • Workplace policies and procedures, such as working safely with higher risk animals and higher risk environments, working at height, working with chemicals, working with tools, manual handling, risk assessment, fire safety, relevant PPE, managing health and wellbeing
  • Key stakeholders for their area of work, including their organisation structure, organisation mission, regional, national, and international associations as appropriate
  • The increasingly significant role zoos play globally in conserving species and their habitats
  • The principles of animal movement and transportation legislation, including handling, restraint, capture and monitoring of animals and the challenges around these such as safety concerns for higher risk and wild species
  • Nutritional requirements of a range of wild species across all life stages and how diets are safely stored, formulated, prepared, and delivered including weight management, supplementation, and food hygiene
  • The principles of animal training, such as classical versus operant conditioning, cuing, bridging, reinforcing

To demonstrate that you understand the knowledge covered on the Level 3 Keeper/ Aquarist Apprenticeship, you will need to complete different assessment methods including a professional discussion.


As you can see, the Level 3 Keeper and Aquarist Apprenticeship is an excellent starting point for anyone looking to pursue a career with animals. The core skills covered in this Apprenticeship will open a wide range of job opportunities. In addition, you will earn while you learn, and excellent progression opportunities exist to advance your career. The type of job roles that will open over the coming years could be endless for anyone that commits their future to a career in data.

Check out our full Level 3 role here.

Level 2 Land-Based Service Engineer Apprenticeship

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Are you one for getting your hands dirty whilst learning new skills? An apprenticeship as a Land-Based Service Engineer could be right for you. This could be your ideal entryway into a brand new career, or simply stepping up your current role to the next level. Whatever your approach, read on to find out more about this unique and exciting opportunity.

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Role description and entry requirements for engineers

Prior to diving in head first into a (potentially) new career, you should know what is required.

Land-Based Service Engineers will work of their own initiative on an employers premise under supervision of a senior technician. This one role contains a wide variety of tasks, including: preparation of new & second-hand equipment for sale, performing routine service and maintenance on said equipment, and conducting operation and systems testing. In reality, LBSE’s will be required to perform a wide range of duties. It’s a strict environment with the opportunity to develop useful knowledge, as well as learn the disciplines of safe working practice.

This may sound pretty heavy hitting right now, but this is a fantastic path to explore. Especially if you love the outdoors! Now let’s talk entry requirements. These are set by the employers but will typically include English and Maths GCSEs at a C/4 or equivalent. It is preferred that potential candidates also have a basic understanding of ICT, but this isn’t strictly necessary to begin with. Don’t panic if you haven’t got recent English and Maths certificates, however. There will be a chance to complete these before the end point assessment of the apprenticeship.

Occupational behaviours and knowledge of an engineer

As well as the entry requirements it’s vital that Land-Based Service Engineer apprentices adhere to a certain set of behaviours. This is to ensure success both in their role and in the overall company.

These behaviours include being:

  • Safety orientated – disciplined, responsible, risk-adverse.
  • Quality focused – logical, good listener, seeks opportunities to improve.
  • A strong communicator – open, honest, respectful.
  • A team player – considerate, pro-active, interactive with others.
  • Open to learn – reflective, adaptable, attentive.

These behaviours should be demonstrated in the day-to-day work environment. It is vital to adhere to them, not only for personal development, but also for safety reasons.

By the end of the apprenticeship, you will also have a decent bank of knowledge under your belt. It’s important that our apprentices understand how to operate within this working environment as well as how to do the job itself. This is to ensure the safety of workers, both during their apprenticeship and after.

This is a unique aspect of practical apprenticeships such as this one.

Knowledge requirements include:

  • How to comply with Health & Safety at Work Act.
  • How to comply with Manual Handling regulations and the abrasive wheel regulations.
  • Learning workplace procedures, such as the chain of command and company staff handbook.
  • How to record information.
  • Workshop best practices, such as tool identification and storage.
  • Knowing the methods of thermally and chemically joining metals and components.
  • Learning the operating principles of certain machinery.
  • Interpreting and accessing technical data relating to machinery and equipment.
  • Handing over machinery, plant and equipment to the control of another.
  • A good grasp on emergency first aid.

Again, it sounds like a lot to begin with! But it certainly will be worth it by the time you reach your end point assessment.

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What you will learn as a Land-Based Service Engineer

Speaking of end point assessment, by the time you get there you will have a wealth of knowledge at your disposal. All things you will be able to take with you into the wider working world. Below are a list of the key things you will learn on this apprenticeship:

  • Select and apply appropriate tools and equipment.
  • Demonstrate dexterity, resourcefulness, and a professional approach.
  • Maintain and conduct basic repairs and maintenance activities under supervision.
  • Thermally and chemically join metals and materials.
  • Access and interpret technical data relating to service and maintenance operations.
  • Communicate well with customers and colleagues, written and oral.
  • Expressing technical information in clear concise terms whilst demonstrating customer care principles.
  • Work efficiently both under supervision, individually and as a team member.
  • Demonstrate a logical, safe and systematic approach to work practices.
  • Carry out operational tests on low technology plant, equipment and machinery.


If you’re looking for a unique, hands-on apprenticeship, then a Level 2 Land-Based Service Engineer could be just the right one for you. The skills you will learn will open up a wide range of job opportunities within the Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture sector. Some examples of this are Agricultural Service Engineer, Forestry Equipment Service Engineer, or an Outdoor Power Equipment Service Engineer. Employers are looking towards apprenticeships to accelerate their work force, and this opportunity could be just what you need to take your first steps within such a specialist industry.

For a more in depth look at this apprenticeship, you can read the brief full brief here.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Email Marketing Campaigns

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There are so many different marketing methods out there nowadays, especially with the rise of digital marketing, that it can often be difficult to pinpoint which methods will be most successful in reaching your audience. Luckily, there are a few trustworthy methods that prove their effectiveness time and time again – one of which is email marketing! While it can be daunting starting an email marketing campaign from scratch, especially as a digital marketing apprentice, there are plenty of free tools to help break it down. This blog is one of them, and I’m going to go over some of the major do’s and don’ts of implementing an email marketing campaign to hit as many competencies in your Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship as possible!

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Email Marketing Do’s

Use a Free ESP (Email Service Provider)
There are plenty of tools available online for free that can make the process of preparing and distributing an email campaign much easier. Platforms such as MailChimp and SendGrid offer built-in segmentation tools to segment your audiences, as well as drag-and-drop email editing and easy-to-navigate analytics reports. Using a tool like these simplifies the process, reducing the need to manage mailing lists and content in separate applications. If that wasn’t enough, using an ESP properly and effectively to build an email campaign can contribute towards multiple competencies, including but not limited to implementation, technologies, written communication, and analysis.

Segment Your Audience

As mentioned above, it’s important to segment your audience to ensure that you are sending the most relevant content to each group. There are four types of audience segmentation:

  • Geographic Segmentation
    Grouping audiences together based on geographical location and borders.
  • Demographic Segmentation
    Grouping audiences together based on demographic, such as age, gender identity, education level etc.
  • Psychographic Segmentation
    Grouping customers based on traits such as their personalities and interests.
  • Behavioural Segmentation
    Grouping customers based upon their decision making and purchase history.

As an example, if you were to run an email newsletter based on fashion trends and industry news, it may make sense to use demographic or behavioural segmentation. Demographic segmentation could be used to segment audiences based on their gender identity, to ensure they are only receiving information on trends that impact them. Likewise, behavioural segmentation could be used to segment audiences based on their purchasing history, and to break audiences down into those who have purchased different items, i.e. purses, handbags, shoes, clothes etc.

Not only will segmenting your audience lead to higher open and click-through rates, but you will again meet several competencies from the Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship, including research, implementation, and digital tools.

Utilise A/B Testing
A/B testing is a method whereby two almost identical emails are sent to two different test groups, with the aim of finding out which is most effective and produces the best results/analytics. It’s important to note that when conducting A/B testing of an email, the elements that are changed should be kept to a minimal amount. If too many features are different, such as the subject, preheader, imagery and links, then it may be difficult to determine exactly which feature/s impacted the results. In contrast, using only a different subject line and preheader for both emails will enable you to easily track what impacted the results, with whichever one having a higher open rate and generally better metrics being the ‘winner’. Since A/B testing is conducted with just a small sample of your total audience, the ‘winning’ email can then be sent out to the rest of your audience knowing that the more effective and impactful subject and pre-header are being used.

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Email Marketing Don’ts

Send Emails for the Sake of it
Since there are particular competencies and projects you may need to complete for your Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship, it could be tempting to put together an email marketing campaign and send the emails out in quick succession to ensure you meet the competencies. This could have the opposite effect though, as it is one of the quickest ways to lose your audience’s interest, and can lead to a dramatic increase in unsubscribes and spam reports. If you’ve taken the time to segment your audiences and curate content that is relevant and engaging to them, you don’t want to overdo the emails and bombard them with too many! It’s important to create and adhere to a campaign schedule for email marketing, which should evenly space out emails and prevent too many being sent close to each other. This could lead to audiences losing interest in your content, and may result in email providers marking your emails as spam/junk, further damaging your campaign’s analytics.

Forget to Check Your GDPR Compliance
Since the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was enshrined in UK law via the Data Protection Act 2018, it is vital that every email you send adheres to these regulations and legislation. Every email marketing campaign must include the sender’s physical address within each email, whether it be an office address, home address, or PO Box. In addition, you must also provide a way for email recipients to easily change their preferences or opt out of all email communications from you. This is usually found at the bottom of an email, with buttons stating ‘Unsubscribe Preferences’ and ‘Unsubscribe Completely’. By including these simple elements, you are ensuring that your emails are GDPR-compliant and mitigate the risk of any legal or financial backlash.

Use Too Many Images
Finally, don’t use a lot of images in one email! While it may look nice when you’re designing your campaign, images can have a large impact on email’s loading times, and may not even display due to data limitations on mobile devices. It’s fine to use a couple of images in each email, but using too many images reduces how well your content will display on different devices, and may therefore result in people losing interest in your campaign. If you are including imagery in your email campaign, be sure to test the email before sending, and view the email on multiple devices and platforms to ensure the content and imagery are optimised and fully visible on every one.


While it may seem a daunting task with too many technical aspects to remember, building an effective email marketing campaign can reap sizable rewards for your company. If you stick to best practice and the advice above, you can easily build and schedule an amazing email marketing campaign that takes care of itself, with you only needing to monitor the analytics once each email is sent. In turn, you should have a brilliant campaign to include in your portfolio for your Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship, and hopefully have ticked off quite a few competencies along the way!

Level 3 Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship

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Are you looking for a role that involves rescuing and protecting both people and animals, and ensuring the safety of those in your company? The Level 3 Operational Firefighter apprenticeship could be for you! This Level 3 apprenticeship centres on quickly and calmly tackling a wide range of emergency situations that may arise at any moment.

Entry Requirements and Format

Individual employers may set their own entry requirements for this apprenticeship, though the minimum will always be a Level 2 in English and Maths, or the ability to achieve this prior to taking your End Point Assessment at the end of the qualification. Below is a guide to the assessment methods and timeline for the Level 3 Operational Firefighter apprenticeship.

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A summary table of the end-point assessment period and requirements for the course.

The Level 3 Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship lasts for 24 months (2 years), during which time you’ll meet 14 duties, as well as developing and demonstrating a vast amount of knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Your duties will include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Educating the community to improve awareness of fire and rescue safety matters
  • Saving and preserving endangered life, including the rescuing of human or animal life
  • Carrying out responsibilities within the incident command system alongside other agencies during fire and operational incidents
  • Testing and maintaining equipment, as well as contributing to fire safety inspections and outcomes.

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

Throughout the 24 month apprenticeship, you will develop and display a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours that contribute to the duties listed above, as well as the general health & safety of yourself, your colleagues, the general public, and the environment. There are set knowledge, skills and behaviours that you must demonstrate and show you can implement to be successful in your apprenticeship; the full list can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education website. Below are some of the core elements that you will encounter throughout your course.

There are 15 knowledge points that must be developed and demonstrated throughout your apprenticeship. These include those with clear methods of implementation, such as various fire extinguishing media, how to use personal and respiratory equipment, and how to carry out treatment to casualty. The knowledge also covers theory such as:

  • The principles of JESIP (Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles)
  • Hazards, risks and control measures across a range of emergencies
  • Your duty within relevant legislation. 

In addition to the core knowledge, there are 14 important skills that you must consistently and properly demonstrate throughout your apprenticeship and assessment in order to be successful. Most of these are skills that can be used across multiple roles or situations, whereas some are specific to your Operational Firefighter role. More transferable skills include carrying out safe working practices in accordance with legal requirements; communicating effectively; taking responsibility for effective performance within your role, and supporting the development of your colleagues. Role-specific skills that must be demonstrated include safely working at height; safely resolving incidents involving hazardous materials, and extricating casualties from situations of entrapment. Through building and showing your ability to use these skills, you will be able to successfully complete your Operational Firefighter apprenticeship.

Finally, there are six key behaviours that you must display in order to be successful. These six behaviours can all be transferred between careers and companies; they include:

  • A commitment to integrity and diversity
  • Embracing and promoting company values
  • Working collaboratively
  • Situational awareness by maintaining an active awareness of the working environment.
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Some of the behaviours assessed in the apprenticeship focus on collaboration and teamwork.


The Level 3 Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship is the perfect gateway into a role as a first responder in the protective services for anyone looking to serve their community. The knowledge, skills and behaviours you learn throughout the apprenticeship will put you in the best position to move into your next role, whether it’s within the protective services or elsewhere. Many graduates of this apprenticeship go on to work in fire services across England, as well as the Armed Forces, civil aviation, and manufacturing and engineering industries.

This is the opportunity for you to support and protect your community and receive a professional qualification, all while earning a living wage and developing both personally and professionally.

Level 2 Road Surfacing Operative Apprenticeship

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Does surfacing, resurfacing, and improvement of vast stretches of the public and privately owned highway network interest you? If so, read on to find out the tasks that you will be responsible daily and the entry requirements for you to be a Road Surfacing operative.

What is Road Surfacing Operative and the Entry Criteria?

The Road Surfacing Operative Role revolves around working as a team on a day-to-day basis outside and carrying out multiple projects whilst learning that safety is key for yourself and other peers. Accuracy is a key aspect of road surfacing therefore, you will be trained in order to resurface prepared areas using a range of road surfacing machinery to make sure a new surface matches the specific designs of a design.

We require you to have the following below to get you onboard:

  • Level 2 in Maths & English
  • Alternatively, if you do not have the above, we accept a British sign language qualification for those whose English is your primary language

This course duration is between 15-18 months three years with a salary of £14,000 per year and having the ability to earn qualification in construction.

Key Responsibilties of a Road Surfacing Operative

Road surfacing construction role includes for you to:

  • Prepare and operate large specialist resurfacing plant and machinery such as planers to remove the existing surfacefloating screed pavers laying asphalt, rollers, chippers, loading shovels, and large hydraulic breakers.
  • Identify, locate and excavate around underground services to avoid strikes and loss of service.
  • Apply appropriate health, safety,  environmental and ecological procedures when working on the roads, including the movement, storage, lifting, and handling of resources.
  • Use your own time effectively in order to consistently complete work on time for agreed programmes.
  • Work effectively within a team environment, cooperating and supporting team members when required e.g. below
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The key knowledge that is required in this job

In this Apprenticeship, you will be pro-actively learning all aspects of construction & surfacing operations that will be learned on-site which falls into public work and industrial projects:

  • Risk assessments, method statements in order to undertake work.
  • The structure of the highway, civil engineering methods including the principles of construction technology.
  • Plant and machinery such as planers, rollers, chippers, loading shovels and large hydraulic breakers and their correct usage.
  • Drawings, plans, and specifications in order to identify what works are required.
  • Traffic management systems and how to work safely within them.
  • The principles of measurement and how to apply them.

The attributes & habits of a Road Surfacing Operative

Working as Road Surfacing Operative is a multi-disciplined intense role therefore, we require a serious candidate that can do the following below:

  • Display the confidence to resist pressures to work following unsafe practices.
  • Show a willingness to be adaptable, adjusting to changing work instructions.
  • Apply equality, diversity and inclusion in dealing with others.
  • Be polite and courteous when dealing with colleagues, clients and the public.


As demonstrated you may now know, the Level 2 Road Surfacing Opeartive is the best and early way to progress in this industry which comes along with heavy responsibilities that provides you the opportunity to show off your skills and expertises.

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Fire Emergency/Security Systems Technician Apprenticeship

Level 3 Fire Emergency and Security Systems Technician Apprenticeship

Does installing and maintaining fire emergency and security systems for homes and commercial properties interest you? Do you value the safety of people’s working and home lives? Keep reading to see if this apprenticeship could be your ticket to a promising career in fire emergency and security systems.

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Jobs and entry criteria for the level 3 fire emergency and security systems technician apprenticeship

This apprenticeship provides the foundations for finding a role in the fire emergency and security systems sector. These include roles such as: fire alarm technician or security engineer. Fire alarm technician salaries average at £28,000 with an achievable salary of £38,000 making for a fruitful career option. If you are looking towards the security engineer role, this has an average salary of £40,000 with a potential salary of £74,000. This of course being the higher of the two salaries would be more lucrative, however, it is important to note that money is not the be-all and end-all and that it is important to search for a job role that you will enjoy and professionally prosper. The level 3 fire emergency and security systems technician apprenticeship could be the keystone to you successfully obtaining the career path you are looking for, and even breaching out to other related areas in the far future.

With regards to entry requirements, these will be determined individually by employers however apprentices must show the necessary literacy and numeracy skills required to achieve the main outcomes of the programme. However, apprentices who do not currently hold a level 2 in English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship. It is also important to note that an employer’s decision to employ you can heavily depend on whether or not they think that you are the right fit for their organisation.

What key responsibilities will you need for this apprenticeship?

The general role of a technician in this field is to be able to implement fire safety and security into systems situated in commercial buildings and homes. The main focus is the installation of these systems followed by maintenance to protect properties from risk and danger. The projects will vary in complexity, which as a technician you will gradually begin to understand and work towards becoming competent in this field.

Core Competencies

With regards to the job role, you will need to satisfy the following competencies:

  • Understand health and safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices.
  • Complete installation and testing techniques for electrical and electronic components, equipment and control systems for fire, emergency and security systems.
  • Understand fundamental principles and quality processes associated with industry/company codes of practices.
  • Understand fundamental design criteria, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire, emergency, security systems and components.
  • Know how to  store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or  receive data/information electronically in a digital form across a range of ICT applications (e.g. personal computers, digital transmission over IP, email, mobile communication technology).
  • Be compliant to environmental legislation and the impact of processes and technologies associated with fire, emergency and security systems.
  • Follow principles of high-quality customer service and the needs of others.
  • Use different communication styles, know how to communicate in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner and how to adapt communication style to suit different situations.
  • Understand commercial risks and responsibilities.

The competencies listed above will be detailed in the appropriate apprenticeship documents.

Knowledge modules

  • Fire
  • Security
  • Fire and emergency lighting
  • Fire and security (both themes have equal weighting throughout)
  • Working safely
  • System technologies
  • Supervisory

These are the general areas which you will be studying. Exams will be taken on these areas and is concluded by and end point assessment. This includes a knowledge test and a practical skills test, followed by a professional discussion.


Taking in the above-mentioned, you can see that the level 3 fire emergency and security systems technician apprenticeship creates a fantastic foundation for those pursuing a career in the fire safety/security industry. This course provides the necessary skills to advance your career and progress in this industry. With the way that the modern world is progressing, anyone who commits their career to fire safety/systems will have a plethora of career choices and a prosperous future ahead of themselves.

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More Information:

💻 Apprenticeships UK
🧑‍🔧 Find out more here about the Role Overview of the Level 3 Apprenticeship
📄 Level 3: Fire Emergency and Security Systems Technician Assessment Plan

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