How does the skills gap affect the Gas industry?


Here at Able Skills, we provide hands-on Gas courses to many students from all walks of life, young and old. However, the industry is still struggling in terms of the volume of qualified Gas Engineers... 41% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) are struggling to recruit plumbers and gas installers. It is fundamental we reach out to young people using the best methods possible, it is evident that young people are not interested in learning practical skills, and trades like gas work are experiencing the consequences.


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The Gas Engineers Of Tomorrow At Able Skills


The fact that there is more demand than there are workers means that there is a huge opportunity for new entrants into the industry. New entrants are welcomed with higher annual pay than ever seen within the trade, simply due to the lack of numbers. Taking on gas and becoming a Gas Safe Registered Engineer is not just a job it is a career and even an opportunity to become self-employed!

The job pays a decent salary, some young people may think that there isn't a lot of money to be made in trades, they would be very wrong. Obviously this will depend on your location and reputation but on average Gas Engineers are earning around £36,000 per year - with experience under your belt could see you earning somewhere in the region of £50,000. Plus with the very real opportunity of becoming self-employed...Generating some advertising and hard work means the sky is the limit!


Interested in the trade?


If you are looking to get involved with Gas training courses then look no further! We have devised training programmes designed especially for new entrants to the industry. For example, our New Entrant Gas Training Package 2 includes everything you need to start out; 7-weeks of hand-on learning, portfolio completion and an ACS assessment - all of which are required to become a Gas Safe Engineer.


This 7-week package of learning will include:

  • Training on aspects of health and safety relevant within the gas industry, including asbestos awareness
  • Training to work safely around electrical systems
  • Training in the use of copper and low carbon steel so that your pipe skills are established at an acceptable standard.
  • Training on heating controls, Airing cupboard and radiator installation practices
  • Training in all areas of domestic gas safety


Qualified plumber looking for gas training?


If you are already working in the field of plumbing then you are eligible to take our Qualified Plumber Gas Training Packages. We know that this is a typical route for people to take going from plumbing to gas - offering the two series means that are able to carry out a much broader variety of jobs making you more attractive as a worker to industry and to the public. The two skills are very similar in a number of ways both working with pipes, heating appliances and much more, so it is relatively intuitive for a qualified plumber to begin learning gas work.


Ready to get involved?


Want some more information about Gas courses or If you are confident that this is a trade you would like to become involved with then let's get you enrolled. You can enrol in our courses in a few ways: Online - simply select the course you want to apply for and click 'Book Now' or 'Reserve Your Space'. Phone - Simply give us a call on 0808 100 3245. In-Person - We have an open policy, meaning we welcome candidates to come into our office unannounced during opening hours, we will show you around, answer questions and provide you with the best route to achieve what it is you want to accomplish!

Able Skills Ltd.
Unit K5, Riverside Industrial Estate, Riverside Way, Dartford, Kent - DA1 5BS