TICA’s Thermal Insulation Apprenticeship consists of on and off the job training lasting up to two years, followed by a further period of two full years of on the job training.

During the off the job training period the learner will attend the National Training Centre in Darlington for block periods of two weeks to complete their formal qualifications.

Currently all learners complete one of the following frameworks of qualifications:

  • L2 S/NVQ in Thermal Insulation
  • L2 Technical Certificate in Thermal Insulation
  • Functional Skills L1 English (England) if the learner does not already have GCSE Grade C or above
  • Functional Skills L1 Maths (England) if the learner does not already have GCSE Grade C or above
  • Core Skills ICT L4 (Scotland) if the learner has not completed this at school
  • Employer Rights and Responsibilities
  • PASMA
  • Asbestos Awareness

Or

  • L3 S/NVQ in Thermal Insulation
  • L3 Technical Certificate in Thermal Insulation
  • Functional Skills L2 English (England) if the learner does not already have GCSE Grade C or above
  • Functional Skills L2 Maths (England) if the learner does not already have GCSE Grade C or above
  • Core Skills ICT L4 (Scotland) if the learner has not completed this at school
  • Employer Rights and Responsibilities
  • PASMA
  • Asbestos Awareness

The apprentice will complete the framework within 18 – 24 months of the course. They then spend the remainder of their training working on site, gaining appropriate experience.

From September 2017 onwards, English Apprenticeships will move away from the traditional frameworks, and on to the Employer Lead Apprentice Standards.

TICA has had approval from the Skills Minister to develop and deliver two standards for Thermal Insulation.

  • The L2 Standard for Thermal Insulation will be delivered in line with the existing NVQ Level 2 focusing on the fitting of thermal insulation and cladding materials. This qualification will lead to the Blue TICA Skill Card for a Skilled Operative.
  • The L3 Standard for Thermal Insulation will develop skills in line with the existing NVQ Level 3, fitting insulation with the addition of pattern development and fabrication of metal and other finishes from a flat sheet, with the addition of supervisory skills and knowledge. This qualification will lead to the Gold Advanced Craft TICA Skill Card for an Advanced Craft Person.
  • All apprentices who undertake a standard will be required to pass an End Point Assessment which will be undertaken at the National Training Centre, but completed with an independent outside assessment organisation.

Scottish and Welsh Governments have devolved authority for skills and intend to remain with the current ‘framework’ approach, so there will be no change for candidates who spend more than 50% of their time working in either Scotland or Wales.

All apprentices who undertake the current ‘framework’ are required to pass a skills assessment at the end of the Technical Certificate. This mirrors the process of end point assessment within the new apprentice standards.

All Frameworks and Standards at each level will lead to the same level of skills and competency to ensure we have a National Workforce with easily verified and transferable skill levels.

When considering which apprenticeship is appropriate, consideration must be given to exactly which skills will be required at the end of the apprenticeship, and also which prior qualifications the candidate holds for maths and English.

All apprentices in England must complete Functional Skills at one level lower than the apprenticeship they are undertaking if they do not hold a Grade ‘C’ or above in GCSE or O Level maths and English. Therefore, candidates taking a Level 2 apprenticeship (either through a framework or standard) must complete Level 1 in Functional Skills, and candidates undertaking a Level 3 apprenticeship must complete Level 2 Functional Skills if they do not have a prior approved qualification at the approved level. Detailed diagnostic tests in English and maths will be undertaken by the candidate prior to formal registration to the apprenticeship.

For information on funding – either as an employer who pays the National Apprenticeship Levy through the Digital Apprenticeship System, or as a smaller government co-funded non levy paying employer, please contact our team at TICA House at enquiries@tica-acad.co.uk.

During training blocks in Darlington, we recommend learners stay at the nearby Blackwell Grange Hotel.

Check the training calendar for forthcoming sessions and opportunities to gain qualifications with TICA.