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Level 3 NVQ/SVQ is seen by 93% of the sector to be the minimum level for a fully trained craft operative. Across UK, this breaks down to 100% for Northern Ireland and Scotland firms, 96% of Welsh companies and 73% in England.

Current skills needs identified by companies are centred on more craft operatives, practical skills, IT and legislation training. There are little current and future skills needs identified beyond courses already available, and also no evidence of consideration for renewable/new technology skills requirements.

Employers in the England undertake training with a variety of public and private providers. Of the total training carried out, 37% is undertaken through further education colleges, 36% private training providers, 16% manufacturers and 11% Universities. This is largely needs-driven. Training is also being undertaken by individuals of their own volition and often at their own expense – 30% of firms were aware of this happening within their organisation. 74% of firms carried out in-house training of some form.

There are a low number of higher education establishments offering building services engineering courses and this is spread unevenly around the UK and there are some English regions with no provision at all. This is a problem for those who need to gain a professional qualification alongside their work.

Source: Summitskills Sector Skills Agreement All England final report 2008 and Assessment of Current Provision for the building services engineering sector in England 2007

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Electrotechnical

The Electrotechnical industry requires an NVQ Level 3 to achieve qualified status. New entrants need to complete both the Level 3 Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology and the relevant NVQ listed below in order to be classed as qualified. Apprenticeships typically take between 2 and 4 years to complete.

Source: Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010


Plumbing

The Plumbing industry requires an NVQ Level 2 or Level 3 to achieve qualified status. The level of the NVQ will depend on the level of responsibility and the complexity of systems being worked on. New entrants need to complete both the relevant technical certificate and NVQ listed below in order to be classed as qualified. Apprenticeships typically take between 2 and 4 years to complete.

Source: Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010


Heating and Ventilating

The Heating and Ventilating industry requires an NVQ Level 2 or Level 3 to achieve qualified status. The level of the NVQ will depend on the level of responsibility and the complexity of systems being worked on. New entrants need to complete both the relevant technical certificate and NVQ listed below in order to be classed as qualified. Apprenticeships typically take between 2 and 4 years to complete.

Source: Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010


Air conditioning and Refrigeration

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry requires an NVQ Level 2 or Level 3 to achieve qualified status. The level of the NVQ will depend on the level of responsibility and the complexity of systems being worked on. New entrants need to complete both the relevant technical certificate and NVQ listed below in order to be classed as qualified. Apprenticeships typically take between 2 and 4 years to complete.

Source: Summitskills AACS LMI report 2010