Sime’s National Sales Manager, John Moran, comments on how the heating industry could help to address the much-debated skills shortage.
The current skills shortage has caused huge concerns throughout the heating industry about how manufacturers, professional bodies, and installers can plan for the future. We need school leavers to come into the industry and we need newly qualified installers to continue to invest in their training. Manufacturers have a role to play and here at Sime, we are keen to contribute to that debate and suggest some of our own solutions too.
Skills shortages among industry professionals is also an issue that needs addressing. While many of us can install a boiler to a satisfactory and Gas Safe standard, how many of us are competent in maintaining that boiler? When it comes to repairs, replacing parts or even servicing a boiler properly, there is a noticeable drop in the number of installers available that can deliver these services.
How can we improve things for installers and our customers?
The industry as a whole has a responsibility to address the skills shortages we are facing, I’d like to see the following changes take place: