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SkillPLUMB crowns best in Wales

Owain Powell, 20, from GVJ Plumbing & Heating in Ceredigion has been named the best young plumber in Wales, following the SkillPLUMB Wales national final at Deeside College on 14 May.

Businesses continue to benefit from apprentice recruitment

Seventy-five percent of employers in the Building Services Engineering sector either increased or maintained their level of apprentice recruitment in 2012, according to research conducted for JTL by research and consulting agency Pye Tait.

New website makes going green easier

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies has revamped its website to better service businesses looking to deliver renewable and low-carbon training.

More than 60,000 Scottish building jobs lost in five years

New figures published this month lay bare the devastating impact of the economic downturn on Scotland's construction industry, with 62,500 jobs lost in the space of five years.

Preserving skills with the Leadwork Conservation Network Group

There is a shortage of skilled leadwork conservation craftsmen in the UK who are capable of carrying out appropriate repairs to historic buildings, according to the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.

HSE consults on proposed changes to ACoP L56

APHC has once again called on its members and installers to take part in the Health & Safety Executive's (HSE) consultation on the revised content of the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L56 - safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances.

Increase in money off vouchers available under RHPP

Householders across the UK will be able to get even more cash for renewable heating products, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced today, in a bid to boost Green Deal assessments.

Explosion in Newark kills two and leaves four injured

Police are investigating the possibility that DIY may have been the cause of an explosion at a terraced house in Newark which killed two people and injured four others.

Stopcocks Women Plumbers partners with SumUp

Stopcocks Women Plumbers has struck a deal with mobile payments firm SumUp. The partnership means that Stopcocks will now be equipped to process debit and credit card payments for the company's training schemes and individual plumbing jobs.

Minister "encouraged" by fuel poverty report

Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has commented on yesterday's (16 May) fuel poverty annual report, which comprises fuel poverty statistics for 2011.

More construction companies seek SSIP approval

Further improvements to reduce the bureaucracy of health and safety assessment in the construction industry have been made, a survey from Constructionline has revealed.

New Q1 2013 reports indicate work for trades will increase

The recent report from The National House-Building Council (NHBC) has shown that the number of new homes being planned in 2013 has risen by 22% against the same period last year.

Green Deal could stall without SME support

Small building companies need fairer access to the Green Deal market if the shortage of installers is to be addressed, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned in response to the latest statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

JTL partners with Monument Tools

New recruits on JTL apprenticeship programmes in plumbing, heating and ventilating are to receive a free start-up set of tools, thanks to a unique partnership between JTL and supplier Monument Tools.

Balfour Beatty construction revenue plummets

Balfour Beatty's UK construction arm reported a 23% fall in revenue in the first four months of 2013.

Professionals support sustainable development

Research conducted by CareerStructure.com has found that 78% of professionals believe that a greater focus on sustainability within the built environment could help to boost overall industry growth.

Plumber fined for endangering young family

A Nottinghamshire plumber has been fined after putting his son and a young family at risk of exposure to asbestos.

BSW hosts work experience programme

BSW Building Services has played host to two German apprentice students at its Sussex site in Haywards Heath, during a four-week work experience programme.

Help to Buy boosts property market

Findings from RICS' April 2013 UK Residential Market Survey indicate an increase in the UK property market, following the launch of the government's Help to Buy scheme.

B&Q launches Homefit service

B&Q has launched a Homefit service, providing customers with access to fully qualified and vetted local tradesmen at pre-agreed fixed prices, removing questions about working with unknown tradesmen.

Avoid the UK's top workplace killer

NAPIT has launched a new asbestos awareness course, designed to educate at-risk installers on the hazards of coming into contact with this potentially deadly material.

Jewson offers new online service

Jewson has responded to customer feedback and is now offering an online account management service to all its account holders.

Latest MCS figures "extremely disappointing"

A spokesman from one of the UK's leading manufacturers of heating and hot water technologies has expressed concern over the latest MCS registration figures released by DECC.

APHC advises SMEs to consider Regional Growth Fund

APHC is encouraging all SMEs to consider applying to the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to help them invest and strengthen their businesses.

Prospects "still poor" as construction activity falls in Q1

The latest Construction Trade Survey, published today (13 May), shows that activity in the majority of the construction industry fell during the first quarter of 2013, with the impacts of falling demand exacerbated by the impacts of poor weather.

Michael is the North's best young plumber

The 2013 SkillPLUMB competition has named 22-year-old Michael Yuile as the North's best young plumber following a challenging one-day event at Burnley College.

Win a free trial of workforce management app with MyMobileWorkers

MyMobileWorkers is challenging heating and plumbing businesses to go mobile and try their pay-as-you-go, paperless app for free.

Delay to nation-wide smart metering scheme

The government is pushing back the full-scale roll out of smart meters across the UK to 2015, the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change Ed Davey announced on 10 May.

Green Deal training partnership at Bicton EaRTH

A new training partnership at Bicton EaRTH in East Devon promises to help with employment opportunities for installers and existing Domestic Energy Advisors (DEAs) as the Green Deal picks up speed.

OFTEC offers independent inspections

OFTEC is offering customers a consultancy service that includes independent on-site inspections and advice.

Gaining a PAS 2030 qualification with Greenworks

Greenworks is one of the first merchant training providers to offer trade professionals an EWI (External Wall Insulation) Upskill course, giving existing plasterers and renderers the opportunity to gain an NVQ Level 2 Diploma and reach the minimum standards required for PAS 2030.

Carbon monoxide alarm saves neighbours from deadly poisoning

A neighbour's quick thinking after her carbon monoxide alarm sounded saved a family's lives, following a potentially deadly carbon monoxide (CO) leak in the middle of the night.

Vaillant hits the road this summer

Vaillant has released details of an extensive programme of installer and consumer roadshows set to take place across the summer months.

PTS launches Renewables Design Service

To meet the needs of a fast-paced and complex market, PTS has launched a brand new Renewables Design Service. A dedicated team is now on hand to provide support from design to delivery for installers across the UK.

Wise up to CO

Stopping the silent killer in its tracks is the aim of a nation-wide campaign in more than 500 Plumb Center and Parts Center branches this month (May 2013).

The latest guidance on carbon monoxide

Kidde Fyrnetics launched its guide to carbon monoxide safety in housing - updated with details of brand new models to the TenYCO range of 10-year guaranteed CO alarms - at the 2013 Gas Safety Management Conference.

Pegler Yorkshire opens new training centre

Pegler Yorkshire has launched a state-of-the-art training centre in Doncaster to showcase its complete product range to installers and customers

Aquatech Pressmain sponsors Ginetta Junior Scholarship 2013

Aquatech Pressmain is sponsoring this year's Ginetta Junior Scholarship car, part of the British Touring Car Championship, which will be broadcast live from 10 meetings throughout the year on ITV4.

NHBC advises changes to 21st Century house design

A fundamental review of housing design is needed if the UK is to produce successful low-carbon homes of the future, advises a new guide by the National House-Building Council (NHBC) Foundation.

Trainees battle it out for joint first

Trainee plumber Leah Parker proved she was more than a match for the boys when she won first prize in a plumbing competition at Cambridge Regional College.

Boost for housing sector as new home registrations reach five-year high

The number of new homes registered with the National House-Building Council in the UK during the first quarter of this year has reached 31,739 - the highest level for this period since 2008.

Massive rise in new London homes

Recent figures from the National House-Building Council (NHBC) have revealed the capital experienced a 61% increase in the registration of new homes during Q1 this year compared to the same period in 2012.

Industry welcomes additional £6 million funding into RHPP scheme

Tom Vosper, lead consultant for Climate Consulting, has praised the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s (DECC) recent announcement (2 May 2013) to launch a £6 million renewable heat scheme for social landlords.

Investigations launched as energy companies fall short of efficiency targets

Energy companies have achieved over 99% of their energy-efficiency targets, despite six failing to meet individual goals, according to a report published by Ofgem.

The heat is on as social landlords compete for government investment

A new £6 million competition aimed at getting renewable heating kit into the homes of social tenants across Great Britain has been launched by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

TUPE changes could increase employment costs

B&ES is concerned that proposals outlined in a government consultation on changes to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations - generally known as TUPE - could, if implemented, increase employment costs for service and facilities companies in the specialist engineering sector.

Pledge to plumbers

"We pledge to make the working lives of plumbers easier and we're starting with a universal give-away," said Alan Sherwin, Altecnic's managing director.

UK boiler sales are a positive sign for the industry

Recent figures released by the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) show sales of boilers in the first quarter of 2013 are 7.1% higher than the first quarter of 2012.

Energy and climate change at 'forefront of people's minds'

According to Secretary of State Edward Davey, energy and climate change are high on the public's agenda.

Social housing managers 'must be aware of their responsibilities'

This year's Gas Safety Management Conference has called for an increased awareness by senior management in social housing of their corporate manslaughter responsibilities, as well as more robust procedures and policies for the maintenance and audit of gas appliances.