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Who is involved in apprenticeships in Scotland?

College Training Centre Update Information
The only industry approved training scheme for apprenticeships in Scotland is the SNIJIB Modern Apprenticeship Scheme, managed by SNIPEF Training Services. This scheme regulates the entry, conditions of service, training and education of apprentices in the Plumbing Industry and to ensure that they are trained to the standards set by the JIB, the industry's lead body.
The various organisations involved in the development, control and delivery of plumbing apprenticeships in Scotland are:


Instructus is the UK’s largest provider, registration and certification authority for apprenticeships and worked based education.

The Trade Association for the plumbing and heating industry in Scotland. It is governed by a Council comprising the office bearers and elected representatives drawn from its branches.

UNITE The Union
The recognised Trade Union of the mechanical services sector in the UK.

The Joint Industry Board for the Plumbing Industry (JIB)
The JIB comprises representatives from SNIPEF and UNITE which agree the conditions of services, wage rates, etc. within the plumbing industry in Scotland. The JIB is responsible for the design of the Apprenticeship Training Scheme which ensures that apprentices are trained to the industry required standards set by SummitSkills.

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
SQA is the national body in Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation and certification of qualifications other than degrees.

SQA ensures that the college based training is provided in the approved format and to the required standards. It is also a joint Awarding partner with the JIB for the SVQ level 3 in Plumbing.


Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

The employer led Modern Apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing & Heating (SVQ Level) programme receives contribution funding from the Scottish Government’s funding agency Skills Development Scotland (SDS). This funding is used as a contribution towards the cost of training an apprentice on the plumbing programme leading to the achievement of the Modern Apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing & Heating.


Review of the National Occupational Standards

The Plumbing Industry as part of “Building Services” and wider Built Environment sector is required to review the National Occupational Standards (NOS) , Assessment Strategy, related Qualifications and Apprenticeship Frameworks.  

Do you have and improvements you think are necessary? 

Simple response forms for Scotland and Northern Ireland  are available to complete here.

Please download, complete and email to Alan McDonald, Operations Manager of Building Engineering Services Ltd.

Completed forms should be returned by Friday 11 May 2018.


Building Engineering Services Ltd is the joint BESA, SELECT and SNIPEF Skills organisation which now looks after skills for the Building Services sector Electrical Installation, Plumbing and Heating and HVACR and is hoping in due course to successful in securing the tender from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) for carrying out this work on behalf of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland .

To assist you please see the following documents:

National Occupational Standards (NOS)

Assessment Strategy

SVQ Training and Assessment Programme Units (TAPS)

MA Framework Scotland

Apprenticeship Framework Northern Ireland

Employers in Northern Ireland are requested to comment on the Proposal Template below. The template will provide assurenace at a pre-development stage, that each proposal will likely fully meet the requirements of a traineeship or apprenticeship.

Proposal template to develop Northern Ireland Apprenticeship and Traineeship Frameworks

Please submit your comments by email by Friday 20 July.


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