With all parties pledging to build more homes if they win the upcoming election, Gas Safe Registered engineers can expect their workloads to grow over the coming years, as the boost in construction coupled with strict and evolving health and safety regulations increase demand for their specialist skills.
To capitalise on this, many employers will be looking to expand or diversify operations, allowing them to be competitive as the market grows.
So, if your business is in need of some new gas recruits, what are the options?
Taking on a fully qualified and experienced gas installer can be an expensive route to expansion. There are many alternatives that could prove more manageable: upskilling existing employees, for example, or taking on new recruits with enthusiasm and related experience, but not necessarily a full ACS qualification.
By offering training and career development, good staff are more likely to stay with your business and pay can be scaled as their expertise grows.
You may already employ staff members who could prove to be valuable gas trainees. Many tradespeople, such as plumbers or kitchen fitters, will have experience and transferable skills that can mean a quicker turnaround to full service, including:
- Practical skills, for example, plastering, brickwork, making good holes inside and outside, lifting floorboards, passing pipework under floors and through walls.
- Ability to use tools confidently.
- Ability to follow technical instructions and diagrams.
- Computer literacy and numerical skills.
- Good communication skills and experience dealing with people.
- Motivation to work alone but able to work in small teams.
For experienced tradespeople looking to achieve their ACS qualification and safely work on domestic gas appliances, Logic4training’s Domestic Gas Heating Installer (DGHI) – Experienced Trades package will provide the additional in-depth knowledge, training and assessment necessary to meet Gas Safe Register requirements. Find out more here.
New Entrants courses are also available for those wishing to enter the gas, heating and plumbing industry but who don’t necessarily have the relevant experience or qualifications. Logic4training’s Domestic Gas Heating Installer (DGHI) – New Entrants Course is a Managed Learning Programme that puts candidates at the correct-level to undertake Gas ACS training and assessment. Find out more here.
Invest in the Workforce
Another way to bring new entrants into your business is by taking on an apprentice. Apprenticeships are a great way into paid work for school leavers and also hold benefits for businesses, offering a unique opportunity to train in-line with company policy and need.
Gas installation and maintenance engineer apprenticeships are attractive to first-rate candidates, as the advanced level 3 apprenticeship can offer the equivalent qualification to degree or master’s degree level.
Traditionally offered to 16-24 year olds, in fact there is no upper age limit for apprenticeships. Over 24 year olds will not receive government funding but may be eligible for an advanced learner loan, which doesn’t have to be paid back until the candidate is in full-time employment and earning over £21,000.
Want to know more?
We’ve launched the ‘Ultimate Guide to Careers in Gas’, a practical and clear guide to kick starting and developing a career as a gas engineer. It explains the different training routes available, depending on the candidates’ prior experience, right up to registering as an industry-recognised and trusted tradesperson.