Gas Training News Article | Trailblazer Apprenticeships in Gas Engineering: End Point Assessment

Trailblazer Apprenticeships in Gas Engineering: End Point Assessment

Posted on July 8, 2016
Gas Training News - Trailblazer Apprenticeships in Gas Engineering: End Point Assessment

Welcome to our newest downloadable page on the new Trailblazer Apprenticeships in Gas Engineering: End Point Assessment.  Gas Training at Kier would be delighted to be your end point assessment provider, and are currently applying for a position on the Register of approved providers for end point assessment.

What does this mean for you? The new trailblazer apprenticeships have been developed with employers and industry experts to ensure that the next generation of apprentices have the skills and knowledge that business need.  In some ways the end point assessment is reflective of the old fashioned skills/trade tests but with more emphasis on the work experience, knowledge, application and ability.

Do you have gas apprentices? If so, much like they do now – under the new apprenticeships they will need to gain their Gas Safe registration and pass their ACS (CCN1 and 4 appliances) as part of the apprenticeship within the last three months.  Currently, they need only do their CCN1 and CENWAT1 so you will have a more well rounded and adaptable engineer after this qualification.

The attached downloadable document provides explicit information on the end point assessment process for the L3 apprenticeship in gas.

In a nutshell, Gas engineering involves the safe installation, commission, decommission and the ongoing service and repair of gas appliances in either a domestic or non-domestic setting.

Appliances can include, but are not limited to, a range of work categories such as central heating boilers, unvented hot water storage, ducted air heaters, cookers, space heaters, meters, alternative fuel, boosters and testing and purging for industrial pipework. Gas engineering operates strictly within the requirements of health and safety legislation.

All gas engineers must achieve Gas Safe® registration for each appliance in which they are competent to undertake work on.

The downloadable plan outlines the end-point assessment that apprentices must successfully complete to achieve their apprenticeship.

The gas engineering apprenticeship will typically take 18 months, with the end-point assessment taken in the last three months. Performance in the end-point assessment will determine the grade awarded: distinction, pass or fail. The end point assessment is a final assessment on safe working and confidence to install, maintain or repair at least four types of appliance.

It uses the following assessment tools:

  • portfolio assessment, incorporating Gas Safe® registration
  • competency test
  • work log review
  • interview
  • knowledge assessment

An apprentice cannot achieve an overall pass grade without Gas Safe® registration for a minimum of four appliances.

The Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme for Individual Gas Fitting Operatives (ACS) is the industry recognised and accepted route for operatives to gain a certificate of competence, needed to become a member of the Gas Safe® Register.

We would be happy to talk to you about your apprentices, and their end assessment needs to ensure it meets with your business needs and is convenient to your day to day running. Please feel free to call us on 0800 999 5427, email or use the contact us page on this website to send us a message.

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