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Specialist merchant partners with trade apps

Wolseley Plumb and Parts has announced a partnership with Gas App and Plumb App.... 
 23 Feb 2021
JTL’s chief executive, Jon Graham

Renewed concern over skills crisis

Heating training provider JTL has voiced concern that a staggering 1.25 million extra construction trades workers and over 300,000 qualified trades apprentices are needed by 2030, as revealed by the UK Domestic Trade Skills Index.

The ‘UK Domestic Trade Skills Index’ is a new quarterly report from Homeserve Foundation, which provides comprehensive insights and analysis into the state of the nation’s trades skills.

JTL’s chief executive, Jon Graham, said in addition to the above statistics "the report identifies that one fifth of construction trade workers aged 55 or over will retire before 2030, whilst the number of EU workers who left in 2020 (20,000+) is likely to drop by an extra 22% by 2030... 

 23 Feb 2021
Gordon Matheson, SNIPEF past president and former chair of SEC Group (Scotland)

SNIPEF welcomes drive to fairer payment

The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), has welcomed a major milestone on the road to fairer payment terms for small businesses with sweeping reforms to the UK Government’s Prompt Payment Code.... 
 17 Feb 2021

Hundreds of homes help balance UK energy system through DSR trial

Up to 350 households are taking part in the USER project to trial ‘smart hubs’ that revolutionise hot water cylinders and support the low carbon transition.... 
 15 Feb 2021
A new apprenticeship scheme for plumbers has been launched

New plumbing apprenticeship scheme

To support the next generation of plumbers, Ideal Standard International is funding a new UK apprenticeship scheme.... 
 15 Feb 2021

MARC and CIPHE join forces to educate installers

In its latest CPD event for members of the plumbing and heating industry, the CIPHE will host the Manufacturers Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) in discussing what plumbing and heating engineers must be aware of when it comes to sizing,... 
 15 Feb 2021
Malcolm Farrow, head of public affairs at OFTEC

Decarbonisation of rural homes at risk – research

New research has raised questions over whether the Government’s current approach to decarbonising off gas grid homes is achievable unless rural households are offered a significant increase in funding to cover the high costs involved. 
 11 Feb 2021
From top left to bottom right –
Kevin O’Connor (Ellen Lodge’s father), Ellen Lodge,  Arnie Humphreys, Jon Graham, 
Callan Baker in centre with Mick Jobling and Shelley Spyrou of T Clarke, Mark Lawrence (chief exec of T Clarke),
Darrell and Sharon Baker (Callan’s parents),  Nic Drew (Monument Tools ) , Matt Ward (Edmundson Electrical)

JTL reveals winning apprentices

JTL, the national training provider for electrical and heating & plumbing apprenticeships, has named the three winners of its annual National Apprentice of the Year Awards for 2020.... 
 11 Feb 2021
Founder of Boiler Guide, David Holmes

Record year for gas boiler enquiries

New data from Boiler Guide has shown an increase of 43% in customers enquiries for new boilers suggesting gas boilers remain the preferred heating choice for UK homeowners.... 
 11 Feb 2021
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