Building Services Engineering - Craftsperson Apprenticeship

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Course Overview

Building Services Engineering (BSE) makes buildings work. It is a specialist branch of engineering within the construction sector. Building Services Engineers work on the large-scale industrial and commercial systems such as heating, chilled water, hot water and cold water which are used for heating workplaces such as those found in industrial and commercial buildings like office blocks, factories, schools and hospitals.

Course Facts

Course Length

Entry Requirements

How much does it cost?


Course Length

3 Years

Entry Requirements

You will need to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths, (unless equivalent GCSE’s are already held) English L2 – GCSE C/4 Maths L2 – GCSE C/4

You will also need to achieve ICT 1.

Apprentices will need to have achieved these before they take the end point assessment, they are not a requirement to gain entry to the course.

How much does it cost?

Full Training cost – £18,000

Cost to employer: 16- 18year olds £0, 19+ up to 5% of the full cost £900 over 4 years but this is assessed on an individual basis.
Apprentice wage – JTL recommends following the JIB pay rates.

Cost to learner: N/A


Level 3 Heating and Ventilating Craftsperson Qualification (Industrial and Commercial).

Awarding Body – City & Guilds

Module Information

Course Details

Apprentices will complete the City & Guilds level 3 Heating and Ventilating Craftsperson qualification to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to install, test, pre-commission, commission and decommission the systems.

Years 1-3
  • Understand health and safety requirements within the building services engineering industry.
  • Understand how scientific principles are applied in heating and ventilation systems.
  • Understand industrial and commercial complex hot water heating and chilled water systems.
  • Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Water Byelaws in the UK.
  • The installation, commissioning and safety aspects of hot water systems for domestic use in accordance with UK building regulations.
  • Understand industrial and commercial complex hot water and cold water systems.
  • Understand how to organise resources within building services engineering.
  • Understand industrial and commercial fuel system regulations and installation requirements.
  • Understand how to joint pipe work using Manual Metal Arc (MMA) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding processes.

Units obtained

Each apprentice must complete 2 JTL assessed portfolios covering the following units:

  1. Installation of Industrial and Commercial Heating and Ventilation Systems within the workplace.
  2. Installation of complex industrial and commercial H&V systems in the workplace.
  3. A Record of Achievement which is overseen by the employer with guidance from your JTL Training Officer.

Delivery & Assessment

  • Delivered via day release over an academic calendar year, some regions may offer block release, you would need to check with your JTL Training Officer.
  • The End Point Assessment (EPA) is expected to take place in the final 3 months of the apprenticeship.
  • Apprentices must pass this to complete their apprenticeship and become a fully qualified Craftsperson.
  • The EPA consists of a knowledge test, a craftsperson skills test and a professional discussion (using the record of achievement as a reference).
  • Grades of pass, merit and distinction are available.

Why choose JTL

  • Learners to receive Free Starter toolkits in your first year
  • Free study books
  • Dedicated training officer
  • Free recruitment service
  • Full equipped workshops at our dedicated training centres
  • Dedicated support/EIC/JIB registered electrician skills development fund
  • JIB PMES apprentice card / ECS card
  • Help accessing funds
  • Free recruitment process for employers
  • Ofsted Grade 2 GOOD Provider
  • Regional national awards
  • CSCS card

Equality & Diversity

JTL is committed to equality and diversity for all. We want to establish a culture of equality and diversity so that all applicants, apprentices, employers, sub-contractors and staff have the opportunity to work in and towards an environment that is non-discriminatory.

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Career progression

Supervising an apprentice, Site supervision, Project management, Facilities management, Engineering roles potentially leading to Chartered engineer status, teaching or training others.

Potential Earnings: TBC

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How to apply


Complete online application form


Pass our JTL initial assessment


Take an electrical colour blind test


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