As part of National Apprenticeship Week (4 – 8 March) young learners in England and Wales are being urged to consider a career in the heating industry.
The call follows a recent OFTEC survey that revealed 48%* of registered heating technicians had started their career by completing an apprenticeship, with many praising the knowledge and hands on experience they received during the training.
Fuelled by the high costs associated with going to university and the rising cost of living, apprenticeships are increasingly being seen as a highly credible further education option and route into future employment, with more and more students and parents recognising the benefits of combining theoretical and practical training.
With training often taking place within the workforce, the survey found technicians were keen to invest in the future skills of the sector, with 66%* saying that they currently have an apprentice, would consider taking one on or have done so in the past.
Malcolm Farrow, from OFTEC, said: "The heating sector is a fantastic industry to be involved with, offering good career prospects in a variety of different roles. Apprenticeships provide real hands-on experience and they are a highly recommended starting place for anyone looking to become a heating technician.
"It’s also positive that current technicians are seeing the benefits an apprentice can bring to their business and are keen to promote skills growth within the sector. There is no shortage of work out there – just not enough professionals to do it. Trusted and reliable OFTEC registered heating technicians are always in demand."
*2018 OFTEC questionnaire of registered technicians