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Gas Network Team Leaders apprenticeship

The main role of a Gas Network Distribution Team Leader is to safely build, maintain and repair the UK's gas network infrastructure to provide a reliable supply of gas to domestic, commercial and industrial users.

There are two main roles within the apprenticeship:

  • Team Leader Service Laying.
  • Team Leader Main Laying.

Please see below for our full programme overview for the Gas Network Team Leader apprenticeship.

Core requirements (both roles): Knowledge

  • Installation, testing, purging and commissioning procedures.
  • Legislation and codes of practice involved in the practical installation and maintenance of gas network assets.
  • Relevant health, safety environmental standards and regulations.
  • Procedures associated with gas network systems, controls and equipment.
  • Theory and principles underpinning the design and function of assets.

Core requirements (both roles): Skills

  • Risk assessments.
  • Installation, repair and restoration of gas network infrastructure assets.
  • Installation, test, purge and commission gas assets.
  • Replacement of emergency control valves.
  • Operation of powered tools and equipment for network operations.
  • Effective communication.
  • Analysis of information for good decision making.
  • Compliance with New Roads and Street Works Act.
  • Use of gas detection equipment.


Typically 12-18 months.


A Team Leader in either of the roles within this apprenticeship has a number of potential progression opportunities including:

  • Craftsperson
    Building on the skills gained as either a Gas Service Layer, Main Layer or First Call Operative, take responsibility for undertaking and completing more complex technical activities.
  • First Line Manager
    To plan, undertake, and manage a team of engineers involved in a range of engineering operations to meet safety, time, cost and quality requirements.
  • Network Design Engineer
    Produce designs that meet statutory and industry recognised standards for additional gas network infrastructure, or increased gas load requirements.

Level: 2

Standards/Framework: Standards

Funding band: £9,000

Maths/English level required: 2

End point assessment:

  1. Portfolio 70%
  2. Knowledge Assessment 30%