North Tyneside plumbers encouraged to train

Any plumbers based in North Tyneside who are interested in training for a full gas qualification are being encouraged to get in touch with Kier.

Undertaking this training scheme could result in fewer visits by engineers to customers, so bosses are being advised to consider it in a bid to improve customer service. 

In addition to being more hassle-free for consumers, it is a more strategic use of engineers' time and resources. 

The government-backed initiative, which is being run by the repairs and maintenance provider, lends its support to projects that develop skills, generate jobs and stimulate economic growth.

Any plumbers who currently hold a recognised plumbing qualification, at a minimum of level two, are invited to sign up at the cutting edge facility centre, having received £135,000 of funding from the Employer Ownership of Skills scheme. 

Kier in North Tyneside was successful in its application for the money and intends to put it towards upskilling local plumbers and enabling them to broaden their skillsets and offer more to prospective customers, through training for this qualification. 

It is predicted that as many as 150 trainees could complete the initiative over the next three years. Those who are admitted onto the scheme will receive 50 per cent funding up to a limit of £900. 

Kier regional director Mike Furze said securing this funding was a sign of the quality of training that the company provides and the reputation accrued by the facility centre since its inception in 2011. 

"This scheme will allow us to support local businesses by expanding the scope of their work and improving the skillset of their employees. 

"It will also provide Kier North Tyneside with a well-trained and qualified local supply chain to service the 16,000 residential homes we provide repairs and maintenance to."

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