The pandemic has had it's effects on all of us. However there are brighter times ahead with the rollout of vaccines and hopefully for us that means a return to what we do best - Helping people gain the trade skills and knowledge they need. Plumbing is one of the most popular trades, although it took a hit at the start the future could mean a strong revival for the industry and today let's look at green plumbing solutions and how you can start training right now, despite lockdown!

Why is green plumbing important?

Not to mention the environmental benefits - The UK's residential central heating market is huge, with an estimated total value of around £1.2 billion at manufacturers’ prices in 2020. However, over recent years this market has benefited from more stringent energy efficiency legislation and the introduction of new technologies such as smart heating controls. The UK a couple years ago now became the first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming, requiring the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. As a result, it is likely that the type of products used to centrally heat UK residential homes will change considerably and this transition has already begun.

What does this mean for plumbers?

As a working plumber this is fantastic news. This can only have positive effects on the plumbing and heating industry as it means more demand and more opportunities available. For example, all new build homes will need to be future proofed with low carbon heating and world leading levels of energy efficiency. It's also guaranteed, as the government has a plan in action meaning the work will need to be conducted no matter what giving plumbers an even better feeling of job security. This could also mean increased earnings for those with the qualifications to carry out the work.

How can I start training towards a plumbing career in lockdown?

Currently we cannot host in-centre training, however, our Level 2 Home-Study Plumbing course is a fantastic alternative that allows you to get started from the comfort of your own home.  This course works by replacing the instructor with our specially crafted 'Home-Study Pack' for the theory side of the qualification. You'll receive the pack as well as the relevant City & Guilds textbooks and contact details for one of our instructors. With these resources you'll look to learn as much theory as you can at home including subjects like...

  • Health and safety in building services engineering
  • Electrical principles and processes for building services engineering
  • Scientific principles for domestic, industrial and commercial plumbing
  • Common plumbing processes
  • Cold water systems
  • Domestic hot water systems
  • Sanitation
  • Central heating systems
  • Drainage systems
  • Understand how to communicate with others within building services engineering

Then, once it is possible for us to conduct training safely and in accordance with the governments advice and you are ready - It will be time to tackle the exams and the practical tasks, you can call and book your training slots with us. You are allocated 20-days to achieve this qualification and you can do this during the week, Monday to Friday, breaking the time up into 4 separate weekly slots to suit you.

Current renovations here in one of our plumbing workshops during the past few weeks.

For more information:

If you would like to gain more insight on our range of Plumbing courses simply give us a call on 0808 100 3245. We are happy to answer any questions that you have about the training that we provide, issue some guidance and secure your place on a training course. Our office is open 7-days-a-week between the hours of 8:30 - 16:30.

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