Plumbing Apprentice SHERWOODS (SW) LIMITED

Sherwoods SW Ltd are excited to be offering an opportunity to join their team as a Plumbing Apprentice. This is a fantastic opportunity to build on skills and experience and gain an insight into the industry. You will work with other engineers to deliver scheduled work with customers.

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Closing date: 09 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Pay increases are based on performance and achieving learning outcomes.

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 08:00 - 16:30. Flexibility for early starts and late finishes. When qualified, will become part of the on-call rota for out of hours call-outs.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    15 Sep 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Some of your main responsibilities will be:

  • Working alongside other engineers to deliver scheduled works for our customers
  • Assisting other engineers with their day to day workload
  • Learning how to liaise with customers about work required, completed and next steps
  • Learning how to complete job cards and record completed works
  • Learning how to accurately quote for remedial works and build material lists
  • Liaising with other engineers and the operational teams
  • Undertaking a mixture of domestic and commercial plumbing and gas remedial works and installations
  • Learning to name equipment and getting a 'feel' for its use, e.g. how much force do you use to tighten a compression fitting
  • Understanding domestic and commercial water and heating systems layout
  • Learning how everyday plumbing fixtures work
  • Learning the different methods of joining pipes and different pipe materials
  • Leak finding and solving
  • Learning water regulations
  • 1st and 2nd fix on plumbing and heating systems

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • You will be working towards a Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Apprenticeship Standard
  • You will receive on and off the job training and support from an assessor and an apprenticeship advisor
  • You will be required to attend Cornwall College St Austell on a weekly basis as part of the apprenticeship training
  • It will be a requirement that the newly developed Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Qualification is achieved prior to taking the end-point Assessment

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Progression to permanent commercial plumber with domestic gas qualification, moving onto commercial gas qualifications after required period. Full-time Commercial Gas Engineer

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Punctual, Proactive


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Essential

Things to consider

Due to working hours, must be 18 years old or over. Must be able to drive and make own way to work location/meet mentor engineer. Home based but work locations varied across Cornwall and into Devon so mobile working is a key part of the role. A company vehicle may be provided at some point during apprenticeship dependant on learning outcomes.

About the employer

Every day since 1970 Sherwoods has been delivering service, maintenance and project works to our customers throughout the South West. Whether that’s electrical, plumbing, gas or building fabric works our fabulous team mates are scheduling, repairing, installing, testing or quoting for new works every single day. Each day comes with its own unique set of challenges, but you can guarantee that no day will ever be the same. One day we’re installing new air conditioning units in schools, the next building fences and repairing walls for our hospitality customers or mending leaks and sorting out electrical problems for our retail clients. We do, literally, look after everything from the roof to the ground and everything in between.







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Training provider




01209 616422

Apprenticeship standard

Plumbing and domestic heating technician

Level 3 (A level)

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