Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions is supporting Quality Plumber Week (3 – 9 October 2016) to celebrate the skilled work plumbing and heating engineers carry out everyday.
Organised by Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC), the third Quality Plumber Week aims to recognise the diversity and range of skills plumbers have, which is often overlooked until an emergency leak or broken boiler requires attention. The week works to raise consumer awareness of using properly qualified, trained and accredited plumbers in a bid to reduce the number of rogue traders operating in the trade.
Plumbing and heating engineers work across a wide-range of specialisms from traditional pipework, boiler installations and seemingly simple plumbing work to increasingly popular new green technologies such as biomass boilers and ground source heat pumps. Yet whatever the job, quality plumbers have extensive training and experience behind them to ensure the latest regulations and safety measures are met.
In 2016 the focus of the week will also be on promoting the industry to a new generation of plumbers, encouraging school leavers to consider the rewards and benefits of a career in the industry. Recent research from APHC found that attitudes towards apprenticeships appear to have shifted in recent years – 86% of people polled agree that school leavers should be encouraged to consider an apprenticeship rather than being pushed into the Higher Education route, with only 2% disagreeing.
John Thompson, Chief Executive, APHC added: “Quality Plumber Week truly unites the industry and its great to see the support our plumbers receive. We’re certainly seeing a trend of plumbing and heating being viewed once again as a professional and respected trade, which is having a positive impact on the numbers of new generation plumbers taking up apprenticeships and choosing a career path in plumbing.
“By raising the reputation of the industry we are also educating consumers to ensure their plumber is fully qualified for the job they are working on. In addition we are working behind the scenes to tighten up Building Regulation enforcement for plumbers to create a level playing field for those who abide by the rules and reduce the numbers of cowboys out there.”
Finding a reputable plumber can be challenging and without a personal recommendation homeowners are putting a good deal of trust in their chosen tradesperson. By using a member of a trade association, consumers have the security that members have been vetted for relevant qualifications, experience, insurances and high standards of workmanship. Associations also operate complaints procedures should any disputes arise during or following a job.