Heating and Ventilating Apprenticeships

Please note the Heating and Ventilating Apprenticeships are in the process of being replaced by new Building Services Engineering Apprenticeships. These feature updated Heating and Ventilating qualifications that reflect latest industry practices. Information about the new apprenticeships will be coming soon. 

The heating & ventilating industry is primarily part of the construction and engineering industries. Consequently, heating & ventilating fitters can be responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation and cold & hot water services both inside and outside buildings such as factories, schools, hospitals and other such buildings.

The heating & ventilating fitter’s job will vary and depend upon the type and range of work that the employing company carries out. However, they will all have a broad range of similar technical knowledge and practical skills to enable them to carry out their work safely and correctly.

Technological advances in heating systems and plumbing mean that it is important for a heating and ventilating apprentice to understand both the tradtional and the more modern systems. In both commercial and domestic properties, a good tradesperson is expected to be skilled at problem-solving and know how to face a challenge and address it successfully.  

Some of the things that a heating & ventilating apprentice may be expected to do are:

  • Install, maintain and repair water services (eg. heating pipework, radiators, boilers)
  • Install, maintain and repair ductwork systems (eg. ducts, extract grilles,)
  • Commission systems to ensure maximum efficiency against design specification
  • Work indoors and outdoors and be prepared to work at height
  • Work with little or no supervision; relying on their own initiative
  • Develop good working relationships with people
  • Read construction and engineering drawings
  • Understand control wiring and circuit diagrams
  • Select replacement parts, materials and equipment
  • Inspect and test systems and equipment as part of planned or reactive maintenance
  • Diagnose and rectify faults on a range of heating & ventilating systems and equipment
  • Write reports


As you can see, the job of the heating & ventilating fitter is varied and interesting and can offer a challenging career. Consequently, the apprenticeship training programme that you will be following as a JTL apprentice has been designed to help you by meeting and delivering training to these standards and expectations.

This qualification can lead to a career as a service and maintenance engineer, fitter or welder, or ductwork installer.

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