What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is full time employment which is accompanied by a skills training programme. Meaning you can earn and learn at the same time. It allows an apprentice to gain a combination of on-the-job practical experience as well as technical knowledge and functional, transferable skills.
Apprenticeships include the following components
- Knowledge based elements
- Competence based elements
- Functional Skills (English, Maths, ICT if relevant to role)
- A module on employment rights and responsibilities
- A module on Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
Who can complete an apprenticeship with Pimlico Plumbers?
There are no upper age limits for apprenticeships now so as long as you meet the entry requirements below then you are eligible to apply.
- Be 16 or over
- Be living in England and not taking part in full time education
- Have GCSE’s in English and Maths at grade A-C or the equivalent functional skills
Will it matter if I have little or no work experience?
Previous work experience isn’t essential, but we’ll still need to assess if you have the right attitude and ‘passion’ for our business and the apprenticeship you’ve applied for. We do this via a strengths based interview where you’ll need to show us what other things you’ve done, and the skills and experience you’ve gained from other activities. For example, if you play sport you may be able to talk about being a team player or managing a team. If you’ve completed a Duke of Edinburgh Award or any volunteering work, you can talk about your experience of doing this. If you’ve had a part-time job, you can talk about what this has taught you. The job itself isn’t important.
What we’re interested in, is if you can transfer the skills, knowledge and experience you’ve gained to working in a professional environment like ours. It’s who you are and what you can offer that matters to Pimlico Plumbers as we can teach you everything else.
How long is the apprenticeship?
Our apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete as duration varies between programme and the qualifications you are working towards.
How many hours will I work as an apprentice at Pimlico Plumbers?
All apprentices at Pimlico are contracted for 40 hours per week, shifts and times will depend on the apprenticeship and department you work in but will be discussed at interview with you.
Am I entitled to holidays during my apprenticeship?
You are entitled to 20 days annual leave per year plus bank holidays.
How do I apply?
All of our apprenticeship opportunities are advertised on the recruitment page of our website and applications are made online which will involve submitting a CV.
What happens when I’ve successfully completed my apprenticeship at Pimlico Plumbers?
We are committed to growing our own talent and producing the next generation of tradesmen and women as well as skilled professionals working in our Head Office so where possible we will work with our apprentices on a career progression plan which will coincide with a permanent position or a transition plan to becoming one of our self-employed engineers.