Greener and Stronger: Scotland’s Plumbing & Heating Apprenticeship boosts low carbon learning

April 4, 2024

Unparalleled industry-wide response to further enhance green technology training, ensuring a resilient, low-carbon future for the profession.

In response to the growing demand for greater low-carbon skills, employers and apprentices have taken a leading role in conducting a comprehensive review of Scotland's Plumbing Heating Apprenticeship programme.

Led by The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation (SNIPEF), BSE Skills, and Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the apprenticeship review has prioritised the needs of employers and apprentices while ensuring it aligns with the evolving sustainability demands of government and consumers.

Throughout this process, extensive industry input has been vital. Engagements such as consultations, workshops, and the establishment of key groups like the Technical Expert Group and Provider Advisory Group have ensured that the evolution of the curriculum is both inclusive and reflective of current and future requirements.

Stephanie Lowe
Deputy Chief Executive

Fundamental to the review has been the extensive involvement of employers and their apprentices, who have worked to identify and agree on the essential skills and training to meet with the profession's future requirements.

John Doherty
John Doherty & Co Ltd

John Doherty, Director at John Doherty & Co Ltd, an active participant in the review process, emphasised the importance of this collaborative approach, stating:

The review also aligns with the Construction Leadership Forum's Construction Accord, which aspires to low-carbon skills development within apprenticeships in Scotland's construction sector. This synergy underscores the plumbing and heating profession’s proactive approach in meeting current standards and leading the sustainable transformation of the entire construction landscape.

Laura Brady, Development Manager – Construction at SDS, added:

Alan McDonald, BSE Skills Project Manager, said:

Plans are underway for the newly updated apprenticeship framework to be approved by late 2024.

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