Building Services Engineering - Service Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship

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Course overview

Building Services Engineering makes buildings work. Service and Maintenance Engineers play a key role in planning and completing a range of maintenance work encompassing industrial and commercial building services engineering systems such as ventilating, heating, water supply, waste (effluent discharge), and drainage. This includes related electrical isolation, disconnection, reconnection, and reactivation. They also complete planned preventative maintenance and undertake any required remedial repairs. In addition, they monitor and manage the operation of plant and equipment through building and energy management systems.

Course Facts

Course Length

Entry Requirements

How much does it cost?


Course Length

4 Years

Entry Requirements

You will need to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths (unless equivalent GCSE’s are already held) English L2 – GCSE C/4 Maths L2 – GCSE C/4

Apprentices will need to have achieved these before they take the end point assessment, they are not a requirement to gain entry to the course.

How much does it cost?

The full training cost for a Building Services Engineering – Service Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship is £18,000, however as an apprentice you will not be required to pay anything towards your apprenticeship other than any travel costs you may incur getting to and from your employer’s workplace.

For employers there is no cost for hiring an apprentice aged 16 to 18 years.  If you recruit an apprentice aged 19 or over then the costs are 5 per cent of the full cost of the apprenticeship (e.g. £900 over 4 years).

For apprentice wages, JTL recommend that employers follow the JIB pay rates.


This is an apprenticeship Standard. There is no mandatory qualification, JTL partner colleges have structured programmes of teaching to develop and achieve the skills, knowledge and behaviours required by the Standard.

You can view full details of the standard here.

Module information

Course Details

Apprentices will develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to plan and complete a range of maintenance work such as ventilating, heating, water supply, waste (effluent discharge) and drainage.

Years 1-4
  • Working safely by knowing and applying relevant legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices.
  • Working sustainably using scientific principles and environmental protection measures.
  • Planning and preparing work effectively with consideration for cost, quality, time, safety, security and environmental impact.
    Undertaking and finishing planned and reactive maintenance.
  • Communicating, taking responsibility and working with others.

Delivery & Assessment

Delivered via day release over an academic calendar year, some regions may offer block release, you would need to check with your JTL Training Officer.

The End Point Assessment (EPA) is expected to take place in the final 3 months of the apprenticeship.  Apprentices must pass this to complete their apprenticeship and become a fully qualified Service and Maintenance Engineer.

The EPA consists of a knowledge test, a written scenario-based project, a practical observation and a professional discussion based on the Apprentice’s record of achievement. Grades of pass, merit and distinction are available.

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Why choose JTL

  • Learners to receive Free Starter toolkits in your first year
  • Free study books
  • Dedicated training officer 
  • Free recruitment service 
  • Full equipped workshops at our dedicated training centres 
  • Dedicated support/EIC/JIB registered electrician skills development fund 
  • JIB PMES apprentice card / ECS card
  • Help accessing funds
  • Free recruitment process for employers
  • Ofsted Grade 2 GOOD Provider 
  • Regional national awards
  • CSCS card

Equality & Diversity

JTL is committed to equality and diversity for all. We want to establish a culture of equality and diversity so that all applicants, apprentices, employers, sub-contractors and staff have the opportunity to work in and towards an environment that is non-discriminatory.

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Career Progression

Supervising an apprentice, Supervisory roles, project management roles, owning and managing your own business, advanced engineering design and planning, teaching or training others

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How to apply


Complete online application form


Pass our JTL initial assessment


Take an electrical colour blind test


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