Part of the process for new entrants looking to access the gas industry is to work under supervision of a Gas Safe registered Engineer to build a portfolio of competence. This is a requirement for all new entrants to the industry so that your competence in real life situations can be verified. This can be quite a hard placement to find so if you have trained for gas at Able Skills and are struggling to find someone, then we can arrange this placement for you.
At Able Skills we encourage all new entrant gas trainees to find their own work placement as this will save you money, provide you with geographical familiarity and more than likely let you dictate the pace of portfolio completion. However, if you are finding the whole process completely impossible, Able Skills can place you with Gas Safe registered Engineers.
What You’ll Learn
Portfolio completion is probably the most important part of your gas training as it determines your competence in real life situations. It tests your ability to work under pressured circumstances, your ability to ensure safety in every situation and most importantly of all, it provides you with the opportunity to work alongside an experienced Gas Engineer where you will learn much more than you can ever have imagined.
Able Skills will place you with a Gas Safe registered Engineer employed by Boiler Medic and with their assistance, you will undertake a variety of gas work on a variety of appliances to meet the requirements of the portfolio to move you on to your formal gas assessments (ACS). You will receive guidance throughout on how the portfolio evidence should be recorded.
Boiler Medic Engineers understand what is required for the portfolio and will ensure the completed portfolio meets the required standards. The range of work will without doubt meet the requirements of the portfolio but with additional experiences being made available to you:
- Repair boilers and fault finding – compliments the Able skills Boiler Fault Finding course and adds to your understanding and knowledge of boilers.
- Plumbing and heating work – you will undertake all plumbing and heating work ranging from blocked drains, toilet repairs, fitting new taps and showers – all the way to installing and replacing a complete heating system.
- Many properties visited have old appliances which are not available to buy any more, also pipework runs differently in every single house so experience in different houses will enable you to identify heating circuits, how and where to drain and fill them up from and things to watch out for if they are being upgraded or replaced.
Advantages of working on site with an experienced gas engineer is that you will come across a variety of different scenarios which are very difficult to replicate in a college environment, also issues will arise which will prepare you for the outside world once you go out on the road as a gas engineer. Dangerous situations will be found, leaks will happen, and you will be able to remember what you did at that time to resolve them or if they could be resolved.
The basic amount of work required to complete a portfolio is only enough to complete the course and will not in many instances enable you to be suitably experienced enough to seek employment without gaining further experience. Therefore, Boiler Medic have devised this placement to provide you with additional experience so that following your ACS, your skills and knowledge will enable you to confidently seek work within the gas industry.
Other companies seek or guarantee a work placement but once the student leaves the centre they are not spoken to again until they return to undertake ACS. With Able Skills, the Engineers and staff at Boiler Medic will remain in regular contact and ensure that they keep you up to date and complete your portfolio in good time, ensuring you have a wealth of experience and knowledge when you return to take your exams. The owner of Boiler Medic completed the ACS program through Able Skills 9 years ago and has been running this business successfully since then. He has now decided to help new entrants trained by Able Skills as he believes that this is the most comprehensive gas training course on the market today. Not only will Boiler Medic ensure you have the most comprehensive portfolio placement available in the UK, they could also offer you the opportunity of a job and will definitely provide you with a work reference should you require it which will demonstrate experience to any new employers.
How You’ll Learn
Your allocated gas engineer will work with you to understand gas industry unsafe situations and how this works in every day work Portfolio Evidence. Your Gas Safe registered Engineer will help you complete your Portfolio by taking photos, helping you with all the paperwork to ensure it is 100% correct and signing off your work with their gas safe number.
To help you further, we have put together a portfolio matrix to ensure that you fully understand exactly what is required for every gas appliance you undertake work on.
- Installations: Cookers, Boilers and Fires
- Servicing: Cookers, Fires, Water Heaters and Boilers
- Landlord Gas Safety Checks
- Installation Pipe Defects
- Tightness Testing
- Gas Escapes
- Meter Regulator Settings Check
- Flue Flow Test + Spillage Tests
- Combustion Flame Pictures
- Gas Rates
- Operating Pressures at Appliances
- Ventilation Checks
- Control Faults
We understand the importance of continued development; you don't become a competent Gas Engineer overnight. Training is ongoing whether you are at Able Skills amongst our team of instructors or whether you are serving a form of apprenticeship alongside a competent Gas Engineer.
Please be aware that a placement with Boiler Medic is only guaranteed to those individuals that have undertaken gas training with Able Skills. We are unable to offer this service to those of you that have trained elsewhere.
Duration & Cost
The cost for this Gas Portfolio Placement is £2000.00 – fees are including VAT. Boiler Medic have a variety of ways for you to make these payments over the period of the portfolio placement.