I understand from FÁS that only qualified Plumbers should be responsible for the installation of boundary boxes and water meters. This position was confirmed in a recent meeting between FÁS and Irish Water and subsequently between FÁS and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). I am informed that this work is specifically covered as part of the Plumbing Apprenticeship, and therefore ensures that qualified Plumbers are confirmed as capable of boundary box/water meter installation. The installation of Valves and Taps is covered in the Plumbing Apprenticeship Phase 2 Module 2 "Domestic Hot and Cold Water Services". The causes and means of prevention of water supply contamination is covered in Phase 6 Module 2 "Advanced Pipework, Water and Wastewater Systems".
Irish Water have stated that boundary box/water meter installation teams will consist of two persons, one responsible for the excavation/reparation of ground works and the other for the installation of the boundary box/water meter. There may of course be 'operative' type work available around site work/preparation for installation etc. In relation to the issue of providing financial assistance to job-seekers looking to avail of up-skilling courses, this would be a matter for the Department of Social Protection in the first instance.