The Gas Industry Apprenticeship covers a range of job roles in the industry. It enables you to train to work in the installation, service and repair of gas appliances in industrial, commercial and domestic settings. These appliances could include gas turbines, boilers, cookers, central heating systems and fires. Gas service technicians are trained to connect appliances to gas supplies and ensure that everything’s safe, and deal with leaks according to strict safety guidelines.
As an apprentice, you’ll assist a gas service engineer and learn how to install and maintain appliances, working towards registration on the Gas Safe Register – a requirement for anyone installing gas appliances. The Apprenticeship also covers other aspects of the job, such as systems design, customer service, tools and materials.
On the Advanced Apprenticeship, you’ll learn to work on more complex systems. Advanced apprentices will have the option to follow the emergency services path, learning to respond to an emergency, assess the situation and make the necessary repairs.
The Apprenticeship also provides opportunities to work on the national transmission system that transports gas across the country from “beach to burner”. You could learn the skills and knowledge required to lay and maintain gas mains and service pipes.
As well as technical ability, you need to be good with people, who will want to feel that everything is being done safely. You’ll also need some computer skills, because safety and maintenance records must be kept up-to-date.
Apprenticeships are the ideal way into this industry because of their technical content and all the safety requirements of the job – there’s no room for mistakes.
- Trainee Service Technician
- Trainee Mainlayer
- Trainee Servicelayer
- Trainee Gas Distribution Technician
- Trainee Emergency Service Engineer
Last Updated: 04/10/2010