10 reasons why becoming a gas engineer is a great career move for 2023
Are you are looking to make a fresh start this New Year? Training as a gas engineer could set the stage for a varied and rewarding career that will see you earning a decent salary while building a foundation of skills critical to our future as a net zero country.
Becoming a gas engineer is one of the best career moves you could make in 2023 – here’s why…
1 – 16 or 60? Anyone can do it!
Contrary to popular belief, training for the trades is not just apprenticeships for young people. You can train or re-train to be a gas engineer at any point in your life or career.
2 – Great pay
A newly qualified gas engineer can expect to earn at least £20,000 a year, rising to a £28,000 once you have a couple of years’ experience. At the peak of your career, you could earn a salary of £80,000. If you choose to start your own business, the sky’s the limit.
3 – Get earning quickly
Completing your training and qualifications through a training centre rather than an apprenticeship scheme will see you on the tools and earning a good wage much more quickly, providing an alternative route for over 25s, career changers with transferable skills or anyone who can’t afford to live on an apprentice wage!
4 – Demand is growing, engineers are retiring
50% of gas engineers are over the age of 55, which means that in the next ten years there will be an increasing shortfall as they start to retire. Currently, only 6% of Gas Safe’s register is made up of under 35s. An ageing workforce combined with a time of change for the heating sector – over the next 30 years, every home in the UK will require a new low-carbon heating system to meet climate change targets – means we are about to enter a period of high-demand. The industry desperately needs more engineers.
5 – It’s a future-proof investment
We are already starting to see shifts in the heating mix, from oil and gas to low-carbon alternatives, such as hydrogen and electric heat pumps. However, natural gas still provides around 75% of heating in England and Wales, equating to around 23 million households. There are plenty of gas appliances to service and maintain and even when new gas installations end, possibly in 2035, the transition away from gas will be slow – over a matter of decades rather than years.
6 – It’s a natural route into heat pumps and renewables
You need a solid grounding in heating and gas engineering to train as an Air Source Heat Pump installer. As and when new markets begin to heat up, gas engineers are perfectly positioned to upskill to fill gaps in the installer base.
7 – You’ll be backed up by the law
Only Gas Safe registered installers can legally work on gas heating systems in the UK. The Gas Safe register (which took over from CORGI in 2009) exists to protect the public from unsafe gas work and all registered engineers must be qualified and competent.
8 – You don’t need to waste time – you can choose a route that suits your experience
We have designed our plumbing, heating and gas training packages to be efficient, so you don’t need to start from scratch if you have transferable skills. Our new entrants’ courses are perfect for those with little or no experience and we run courses on evenings and weekends.
Want to find the right course for you? Take a look at our:
- Plumbing and heating installer packages (Gold and Platinum packages include gas engineer training)
- Domestic gas heating installer packages
9 – Interest free finance options available.
We offer a variety of competitive and free finance options, allowing you to spread the cost of your training over a timeframe that suits you.
10 – Get a free toolkit when you train with Logic4training!
We provide all trainees on our plumbing and heating training packages with a starter set of free plumbing tools that are yours to keep throughout your training and beyond.
We also provide a host of other giveaways to get you off to a flying start in your plumbing and heating career, including free Checkatrade membership, Clublogic online learning platform and website design and hosting (certain packages only).
What are you waiting for? Find out how you could become a gas installer today!