There is a risk of lack of skills for years. What needs to be done to meet the growth of the industry and the significant changes expected in the next decade?
It’s no secret that big changes are taking place in the plumbing and heating industry. Over the past decade, with the rapid development of technology and the new environmental goals that must be met in the coming years, the future of the heating and plumbing industry has shifted to the expectations of modern installation.
Hackers must accept the installation of innovative solutions, such as heat pumps, as they can integrate new technologies that take home heating systems to a new level. This will require additional training already in the industry and will affect the way new professionals are trained.
The government has set aside 300,000 new homes and 600,000 heat pumps by 2028. A.D. While radical goals are needed to reach the net zero by 2050, there is already a known shortage of skills. In the industry, significant recruitment and change in the heating and plumbing industry is needed to begin preparing for the inevitable demand in the next decade.
Understanding skills shortages
There are a number of factors that contribute to the current shortage of skills in the industry, the first and perhaps most important being the lack of business skills training for the younger generation. Universities often serve as role models for students by ensuring that they receive the highest level of education. This affects the appeal of those who are trained in a particular business, taking informal ways to prevent students from considering the alternative career paths available to them.
This has been exacerbated by the fact that COVID-19 has a significant impact on the skills of plumbing and heating engineers who are interested in learning from experienced professionals in the field. Naturally, some homeowners are uncomfortable with two people living in the same house to solve a problem that can only be solved by one person, which limits the opportunities for young professionals to learn on the job.
Combine the slow rise of young entrepreneurs with the retirement of trained traders and the problem is exacerbated. Not only is there a shortage of young heating and plumbing engineers, but there are also a number of professionals who are skilled at transferring knowledge to the next generation.
With this in mind, it’s no surprise that the average age of a plumber in the UK is in the mid-40s: a worrying statistics when the pool of trained workers is not fully filled by young plumbers.
The new hope for trained professionals
For those in the industry, fast-paced law and technology often lacks the key skills and knowledge needed to do the job. Using smart appliances as an example of adoption, it is not a matter of a plumber simply connecting the boiler to a central heating system. They should also be able to integrate the heating into the existing modern ecosystem of the home.
It is more important than ever to keep the skills of heating and plumbing engineers up-to-date. This not only provides opportunities but also provides them with the potential for change in the industry.
Since the government’s future housing standard prohibits the use of conventional boiler systems in new constructions from 2025, heating engineers must learn how to integrate sustainable alternatives such as air sources and underground heat pumps into their new construction projects. As a result, existing and new engineers will need to understand how to successfully install heat pumps for residential and commercial heating systems before the 2025 deadline, which will put further strain on the industry.
Along with the adoption of sustainable heating technology, groundwater heating is also expected to increase in popularity due to the comparison between the two low-temperature solutions. In fact, floor heating is 40% more efficient than conventional radiator systems when combined with an air heat pump. While this technology is very expensive for the end user, UFH solutions are becoming more affordable and easier to integrate at new build levels.
As a result, the industry needs to develop new standards in the country’s zero-zero heating system, and as the government seeks to achieve a 78% reduction in emissions by 2035, new practices and technologies must be encouraged ahead. It may be unrealistic.
Encouraging professional trainings
In order to encourage more talented young plumbers and heating engineers in the coming years, we must continue to support the adoption of vocational training. While it is true that vocational training has already been tested, there are a few ways for professional installers to gain unparalleled real-world experience in the school environment.
The success of the sector in the coming years will be crucial to the success of the training of trainers in the sector. The issue we are facing is the availability of training. Since most employers are sole proprietors or small SMEs, businesses cannot easily recruit interns.
To address this, the government is currently funding 3,000 3,000 for a student of any age, and 000 4,000 for a student between the ages of 16 and 18. In addition, employers can benefit from an additional 1,000 1,000 by providing unpaid work placement before the start of the internship. However, some of these grants will expire in September 2021, so employers should take immediate action if they plan to use the government assistance available through the Coach Service Portal.
For example, by providing materials and content to further engage students in creative plumbing knowledge by collaborating with colleges and academies to further support the practical side of their learning process. We also provide our own engineering training to provide a hands-on experience with different pools of potential young people. The future of the industry is a priority for all of us.
Helping entrepreneurs help them develop their existing skills
Most importantly, existing merchants need to be able to expand their current service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of the modern installer. To help water professionals learn the skills they need for the next decade, the BEIS Skill Training Competition Program is a government initiative aimed at training professionals in home energy and low-carbon heat protection. As the industry seeks to move away from traditional gas heaters, plumbers must begin training in more sustainable heating systems as the market shifts to renewable energy technologies.
Along with the pressure to learn new solutions, installers must make sure they fill in any gaps in any career development (CPD) course. RWC Reliance Valves brand offers plumbing and heating engineers to expand their service offering CPD courses through existing entities such as CBS and CPD UK – especially where knowledge is critical to safety.
However, sometimes it is not until the installer arrives that he realizes that he does not know the best practice for the player. We provide in-person technical and telephone / online technical support to develop the necessary knowledge for the task at hand to assist engineers on site. It is important to share expert advice with your lers to ensure that you have the skills needed to install critical plumbing and heating components.
John Care is the Marketing Director at RWC