Training is Key for Professional Plumbing and Heating Services
A shrinking economy has made many businesses look into cutting corners wherever possible, at least with regards to their financial expenses. Many small businesses these days are doing everything to cut costs including hiring employees who are not yet fully qualified. It is very important that the heating and plumbing industry does not follow this trend. Rather it is important that the industry makes sure that its plumbing and heating engineers are fully trained.
There are a few reasons that companies should take the appropriate steps to ensure that their plumbing and heating engineers are completely qualified to do their jobs:
1. Heating and Plumbing Engineers are required by law to be certified by very specific levels. Such certifications confirm that the hired engineer is up to date on all current laws and building codes and that they understand how to work within those restrictions. The Building Regulations, BPEC, Corgi (for gas work), Part P (for Electrical work) and Unvented system training and assessment are a few of the certifications that are required.
2. Engineers in the heating and plumbing industry who have obtained the proper training and certifications can charge more for their services. Some plumbing and heating companies tend to determine an engineer's starting wages and raises based upon the number and type of qualifications the engineer has.
3. Plumbing and Heating Engineers that have taken the time to make sure that their training and certifications are up to date are typically more reliable and end up performing better than those who "learn as they go." Trained and certified engineers are a better company investment than someone who has yet to finish the certification and training process.
There are cases in the industry, on the other hand, of companies which prefer to hire plumbing and heating engineers before they finish their training because the company executives want all of their employees to be trained the same way. Companies that use this method of hiring are able to take advantage of the Competent Person Scheme to help them fund their certification programs.
It is important that plumbing and heating engineers stay informed about the up and coming "green" methods that are being developed. The world is turning towards environmentally friendly practices and, in order for a company to be competitive in a modern market, the engineers hired should be as well versed about the newer technologies as they are about the traditional ones. Such new technologies include solar thermal panels, underfloor heating and ground source heat pumps.
In order to be competitive in a volatile economy, all heating and plumbing engineers need to ensure that they are well trained and adequately certified. When members of the public are given a choice between saving some money on an engineer whose training is not complete compared to an engineer who has completed all the required certifications and training programs, we believe a large number of customers will choose to spend more money to guarantee a high quality work.
This page has been written with contributions from experienced heating engineers from Surrey and experienced plumbers from Bayswater. Several of the company's Gas Safe engineers from Oxfordshire have worked on similar issues as well as some of our plumbing and heating engineers from Sevenoaks and our Camden plumbers.
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