Master Plumber Certificate presentation ceremony
We support plumbers and the plumbing industry in many ways.
SUPPORTING PLUMBERS IN TRAINING
Financial Assistance - Bursaries provided by the Company are for student plumbers who would benefit from financial assistance as a direct result of progressing from NVQ Level 2 MES (Plumbing) to undertake NVQ Level 3 MES (Plumbing).
Royal Navy - The award is for the best trainee qualifying in metalwork at The Royal Navy, HMS Sultan at Portsmouth.
Army- The award is for best student qualifying in plumbing at The Royal School of Military Engineering at Chatham.
Royal Air Force - The award is for the best airframe technician who during further training receives Engineering Skills and Hydraulics at The Royal Air Force at RAF Cosford.
The Worshipful Company of Plumbers have supported the development of the profession for centuries and this objective is just as relevant today. The company offers a variety of awards to recognise exceptional work and bursaries to support trainee plumbers.
The Company awards include the following:
Gold Medal - for students who have achieved the highest standard in NVQ Level 3 Certificate in MES (Plumbing).
Silver Medal - for students who have achieved the higheststandard in NVQ Level 2 Certificate in MES (Plumbing).
J B Wilkinson Shield - administered by the Newcastle branch of the CIPHE for students who have achieved the highest standard in NVQ Level 2 Certificate in MES (Plumbing).
Plumbing Teacher Award - for colleges that teach the winning student in each of the National Plumbing Competition elements of the National Skillbuild Competition.
Leonard Hearsey Award - for volunteer demonstrators at the company's museum and workshop at the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton.
Master, Journeyman and Apprentice Certificates Celebrating Career Development by Recognising Excellence in Achievement
Master Certificates were first introduced in 2001 by a partnership of City & Guilds, Livery Companies and Professional Bodies. The Master Plumber Certificate was soon followed by similar programmes for Carpenters, Joiners and Shopfitters.
Over 250 Master Certificates have now been awarded and it was felt that the pathway to "mastery" of a career founded on a specific skill required attention. Thus, two preliminary landmarks were introduced to encourage those who embark on a route to skilled employment to complete the journey.
The first of these is the Apprentice Certificate. This is an award for people who qualify by study, training, assessment or examination at NVQ Level 2, or equivalent, and thereby also obtain necessary work experience. Successful applicants also commit themselves to proceed to NVQ Level 3 as required by the "charge", or undertaking, that they accept on award of the Apprentice Certificate.
The next step is to reach the Journeyman point on the career pathway. At this position the skill traveller has achieved success at NVQ Level 3, or equivalent, and will be setting out to accumulate further experience. This will include supplementary qualifications and demonstrating an active interest in upholding professional standards. Therefore, the Journeyman's charge incorporates a pledge to continue with career development until ready to apply for the Master Certificate.
The precise details for Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Certificate awards are contained in folders provided for those who wish to follow this career path. The intention is to support national and public interest by encouraging students, trainees and apprentices to give of their best by recognising their achievements. At the same time, these awards confer status on individuals that has been earned.
Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Certificate Awards provide a compatible way for City & Guilds, City of London Livery Companies and Professional Institutions to work in partnership supporting Sector Skills Councils, Further Education establishments and industry. We are sure that determined people on skilled career paths will respond to a scheme that recognises excellence.