| The only industry approved training scheme for apprenticeships in Scotland is the SNIJIB Modern Apprenticeship Scheme, managed by SNIPEF Training Services. This scheme regulates the entry, conditions of service, training and education of apprentices in the Plumbing Industry and to ensure that they are trained to the standards set by the JIB and Summitskills, the industry's lead body.
The various organisations involved in the development, control and delivery of plumbing apprenticeships in Scotland are:
SummitSkills is the Sector Skills Council for the building services engineering sector. It has been created by the Government to enable and other key stake holders to address five key objectives:
- Alleviate skills gaps
- Improve productivity
- Provide career progression
- Develop a competent workforce
- Champion the sector's skills agenda
The employer-led approach of SummitSkills gives businesses in the sector a key role in increasing their own and the country's productivity and profitability. Through the establishment of Sector Skills Councils, employers now have a direct route to influence strategic planning relating to skills and training. Summitskills has the responsibility in consultation with industry key partners to ensure the National Occupational Standards for Plumbing meet the needs of employers.
The Trade Association for the plumbing and heating industry in Scotland. It is governed by a Council comprising the office bearers and elected representatives drawn from its branches.
UNITE The Union
The recognised Trade Union of the mechanical services sector in the UK.
The Joint Industry Board for the Plumbing Industry (JIB)
The JIB comprises representatives from SNIPEF and UNITE which agree the conditions of services, wage rates, etc. within the plumbing industry in Scotland. The JIB is responsible for the design of the Apprenticeship Training Scheme which ensures that apprentices are trained to the industry required standards set by SummitSkills.
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
SQA is the national body in Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation and certification of qualifications other than degrees.
SQA ensures that the college based training is provided in the approved format and to the required standards. It is also a joint Awarding partner with the JIB for the SVQ level 3 in Plumbing.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
The employer led Modern Apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing & Heating (SVQ Level) programme receives contribution funding from the Scottish Government’s funding agency Skills Development Scotland (SDS). This funding is used as a contribution towards the cost of training an apprentice on the plumbing programme leading to the achievement of the Modern Apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing & Heating.