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Family business – Training the next generation

June 20, 2017 featured image

The building services engineering trades have always carried the tradition of handing businesses down father-to-son (or daughter in more recent times), but a new study from AXA has shown that this trend is increasing amongst the millennial generation – those aged under 35.

As well as a high job satisfaction amongst tradespeople, the study also showed that after a blip in their father’s generation towards transport or clerical professional careers, many young men are now looking further back in the family tree and pursuing training or upskilling to adopt their grandfather’s trade.

Father-to-son statistics:

  • 45% of tradesmen aged 18-35 say their dad was a tradesman, compared to 23% across previous generations.
  • 15% of young business owners say they took over the family firm, compared to just 6% of older people.
  • 26% of people in the building trades learnt their trade from their father.
  • One-in-five tradesmen trace their trade back to their grandfather’s generation.

High job satisfaction amongst tradespeople

The tradespeople surveyed reported high job satisfaction, with over three-quarters saying they would recommend their trade to a young person starting out their career today. Amongst plumbers, this figure increased to 90%, surely making it one of the most rewarding careers out there?!

Others stated good income levels and job stability as positives to a career in the building services trades, with one person viewing his work on social housing as “worthwhile and good for the soul”.

Upskill to a rewarding career!

There’s a shortage of skilled workers in the building services engineering sector, which has led to an increase in opportunities for apprenticeships and training, with many employers looking to take on new staff or train up those with existing skills.

We’ve recently launched our Ultimate Guide to Careers in Gas, which details the training and qualification routes for school leavers, apprentices and those with experience in related trades looking to upskill:

  • Apprenticeships – with standards currently under reform, new Trailblazer Apprenticeships will be providing top quality training that better meets employer needs. Ideal for school leavers as government funding is available, however, apprenticeships can also suit over 24 year olds too.
  • Industry recognised qualifications – studying independently for a Level 3 NVQ will give you the qualifications needed to take your ACS qualification and become Gas Safe Registered.
  • New Entrants course for newcomers – as long as you have the relevant practical skills, these specifically designed courses will equip you with the knowledge, experience, and skills to pursue your career.

Experienced Trades route – If you have two or more years’ experience in a related trade, such as plumbing, our experienced trades Domestic Gas Heating Installer course will give you everything you need to undertake ACS training and assessment in your chosen field.

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