With the rise of smart products and home automation systems, plumbers have to work with new devices that didn’t exist many years ago. It gives opportunities to skilled workers to grow and also creates more opportunities for the next generation. The government also emphasized this on World plumbing Day this year.
The UK government aims to address plumbers and wants to attract new talent to this sector. They recently announced new reforms to its apprenticeship funding system. The government targets to help young deprived people to get into an apprenticeship.
With this aim, Ideal Standard is working in partnership with the following organizations:
- Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE)
- Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA)
- Design education body FIESTA.
They are helping to fund the schemes for plumbers when the pandemic is causing troubles for apprenticeships. Three-fifths of apprentices lost their job due to uncertainties during the pandemic.
How the Government is Helping Plumbers
Ideal Standard is offering apprenticeship training within the CIPHE network through different businesses. They are trying to help youngsters to gain education and experience in the plumbing field. Some top learning providers will train these youngsters in the UK. These trainers have been selected from the CIPHE network.
The Bathroom Manufacturers Association is offering local apprenticeships around its sites in Hull, Armitage, and London. The Government’s Apprenticeship Levy and Ideal Standard fund these new schemes for plumbers. Also, smaller companies will provide some proportion of funds to offer apprenticeships at this time of the pandemic.
MD of Ideal Standard UK, David Barbar says that this type of scheme is new in the industry. It is a good opportunity to lead the young talent and apprentices to begin their careers in the plumbing and heating industry.
The Chief executive of the CIPHE, Kevin Wellman, says that there is already a shortage of plumbing skills in the industry. In addition, they will introduce these schemes are at the exact time.
The UK government has pledged to provide 30,000 new apprenticeships to raise the employability profile of young people. Also, the chancellor confirmed that the government injects an additional £111 million this year for apprenticeships in the UK.