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Employers value experience over academic qualifications

New research from Edge and City & Guilds shows over half of employers value vocational qualifications more highly than academic qualifications.

Industry welcomes review on carbon monoxide regulations

Government announced a review of current regulations on carbon monoxide, with particular focus on the safety of tenants in rented accommodation, at the House of Lords this week.

World Plumbing Council supports certificate scheme

The World Plumbing Council has accepted an invitation to become the fourth supporter of the Master Plumber Certificate programme.

OFTEC backs Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

OFTEC is throwing its weight behind this year's Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, running from 18 to 24 November, by urging oil consumers to get their boilers checked by an OFTEC registered technician before winter sets in to reduce any risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Installers treated to life in the fast lane

Heating and hot water manufacturer, Worcester, Bosch Group has treated five lucky installers to a Silverstone Challenge Day as part of a competition to celebrate the launch of its new Greenstore series of hot water storage cylinders.

H&J Martin invite contractors to meet the team at the Olympic Park

Construction firms are being offered the chance to meet commercial and residential construction company, H&J Martin, at a 'Meet the Team' event on 14 November in The Timber Lodge at the Olympic Park.

Deputy Prime Minister backs renewables as crucial for economy

RenewableUK has welcomed Nick Clegg's support for the green agenda today as he highlighted the benefits of the renewable energy industry in building the UK economy.

Industry calls for change in government policy to reflect importance of heating controls

BEAMA is urging government to act following recent findings that heating controls can cut household heating bills by up to 40%.

JTL opens National Centre of Excellence in Birmingham

Training provider for the electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilating trades, JTL has opened the doors to a new £1 million training centre in the heart of Birmingham last week.

Stock up on LPG early this winter

UKLPG is urging liquid petroleum gas users, particularly in rural areas, to stock up early this winter while suppliers have spare delivery capacity and weather conditions are favourable.

New research reveals high number of neglected boilers

There is a huge opportunity for heating engineers and installers to help the millions of homeowners failing to maintain the health of their central heating systems, according to research commissioned by ADEY Professional Heating Solutions.

Number of workplace deaths and injuries down in 2013

Figures published by the Health and Safety Executive show an 11% drop in major injuries compared to 2011/12.

Plumber fined for masquerading as Gas Safe registered

A Milton Keynes plumber has been fined for repeatedly carrying out gas work while unqualified and unregistered, putting householders at risk.

Sunny outlook for industrial construction

The industrial sector has performed better than any other in the UK construction industry over the past year, according to Barbour ABI's new 'Landscape Report'.

APHC achieves MCS accreditation

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors has achieved accreditation from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service as an installer certifying body, for a range of measures under the government's Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

EAL praises government's apprenticeships implementation plan

More employer ownership of apprenticeship frameworks will ensure apprentices are gaining the skills employers need, EAL has said.

Over 1,100 construction sites fail safety checks

Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the building sites visited during a month-long safety drive carried out by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Plumb Center launches manifesto for a more energy efficient nation

Plumb Center has launched a new manifesto, setting out a series of policy recommendations which aim to create a more energy conscious society.

Inta helps plumbers plug knowledge gaps

Plumbers and installers of all ages are being encouraged by Inta to continue their education by utilising the company's range of free information tools.

"Communication is key", says National Skills Academy

Following the government's voucher scheme launch, Cathryn Hickey, executive director at the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies, has said "communication is key" when it comes to helping installers and their customers understand the benefits of going green.

Toolstation celebrates 10th anniversary with 'birthday bonanza'

Toolstation is celebrating its 10th birthday with a huge giveaway of prizes, including a Ford Transit Custom 270 SWB van and a six-piece Makita kit worth £749.98.

Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy wins award

The Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy has won the People Development Award at the Birmingham Post Business Awards.

Green Deal should follow Northern Ireland scheme's lead, says OFTEC

OFTEC is calling for reforms to be made to the government's Green Deal scheme to encourage greater take-up of high-efficiency boilers, in a bid to help meet the UK's challenging climate change targets.

Vary room temperatures to reduce bills

The Manufacturers' Association of Radiators & Convectors (MARC) has welcomed advice from Public Health England advising homeowners to vary the temperatures at which they heat different rooms.

£5 million funding for renewables in social housing

57 social landlords across Great Britain have been awarded a share of £5 million to get more renewable heating into the homes of tenants, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has announced.

Housebuilder urges tradespeople to help build Britain

Persimmon Homes is launching a recruitment drive to find tradespeople across its 24 businesses as it gears up to build more homes across the UK.

Training voucher scheme launched to help industry install renewable heating systems

Today, Energy Secretary Edward Davey set up a £500,000 fund aimed at raising the skill set of domestic heating engineers, to enable them to install and maintain renewable heating systems.

Which? Trusted Traders endorsement scheme launches

Which? has launched an endorsement scheme that aims to help consumers recognise reputable and trustworthy traders after its research indicated they were struggling to do so.

Construction professionals among the most fulfilled workers in UK

Construction professionals are among the most fulfilled workers in the UK, according to specialist recruiter Randstad CPE.

Plumber reaches final of UK Worker of the Year awards

Heating and plumbing engineer, Paul Dove, 43, from Lincolnshire, received worthy recognition at the UK Worker of the Year awards.

UK-manufactured bathroom fittings named 'most reliable'

The majority of tradespeople would opt to buy British-made bathroom fittings, according to a new study from UKBathrooms.com.

GTEC Training secures high-profile contract with DECC

Renewable energy training provider GTEC Training has been appointed by the Department of Energy & Climate Change to administer a major national grant-funding programme.

Winning streak continues for On Tap Plumbers

St Albans-based company On Tap Plumbers has racked up its second award in just a few months.

Worker suffers serious injuries in fall from height

A heating, ventilation and air conditioning company has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered serious injuries in a fall while repairing an extraction unit in Newcastle.

Three of the Big Six energy providers have announced household energy tariff increases

Energy firm npower has joined SSE and British Gas this week as the third major supplier to announce price rises, with a dual-fuel bill to go up 10.4%.

Failings found at "disappointing" number of construction sites during safety drive

Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the building sites visited by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) during a month long safety drive.

Installers warned to take note of scrap metal licensing

APHC has issued a warning to installers regarding the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, as some have misinterpreted it to mean that plumbers will need a license to dispose of the scrap metal generated in the course of their work.

Pensioner put at risk by dangerous gas work

A Plymouth gas engineer has been fined for endangering the life of a pensioner by leaving a fire in an unsafe condition.

Landlord fined for using illegal gas fitters

A landlord has been prosecuted for safety failings relating to illegal and dangerous gas work at two properties in Essex.

UK-GBC launches task group to address Green Deal interest rate

The UK Green Building Council is launching a new task group to examine ways to reduce the current interest rate for the domestic Green Deal.

Latest Green Deal stats show slow growth

The latest statistics for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) up to the end of September have been published.

BBC programme promotes dangerous practice, warns Calor Gas

Calor Gas has expressed extreme concern regarding a recent episode of BBC2's 'The House that £100k Built', which showed how to recycle a gas cylinder into a light fitting.

Marley launches new CIBSE CPD seminar

Marley Plumbing & Drainage has launched its new CIBSE accredited CPD: 'A guide to sanitary pipework design'.

Accredited training from Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating

Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating has been granted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) approval by CIBSE for its Combined Heat and Power (CHP) training programme.

New electric water heating course from Redring

Redring, a manufacturer of showering and hot water solutions, has launched a new CPD on electric Water Heating and Part G regulations.

Tougher penalties for rogue traders

Proposals on tougher sentencing for rogue traders who defraud and bribe the public have been welcomed by TrustMark, the government endorsed quality mark for reputable tradesmen.

BPEC Charity Life Awards gives out over £30,000 to plumbing good causes

Over £30,000 has been given out in charitable donations by training and certification provider BPEC to projects that use plumbing skills to enhance life.

UK bathroom manufacturers face closure

UK bathroom manufacturers Ours Sanitaryware and Impulse Bathrooms face potential closure following a decision by Hong Kong-based parent company HKR International.

The domestic RHI needs to change, says OFTEC

The government's domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme is currently costly, impractical and unlikely to attract consumers unless the focus changes, according to OFTEC.

Firm fined for exposing installers and public to asbestos

A North East glass firm has been fined after potentially exposing nearly 200 workers and visitors to dangerous asbestos fibres at its Consett premises.