Plumbing firms told to 'act now' for training grant

Continual staff training and development should be at the core of any business, and those operating in the plumbing industry are no exception.

As a result, the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors' (APHC's) sister company, APHC Training, is once again introducing its training grant scheme for 2015.

The financial support - worth up to £100 per applicant - can be used to pay towards a number of courses, including those that aren't directly linked to the APHC itself.

However, those interested in taking advantage of the initiative are being told to act quickly, as it is only open to the first 100 businesses that register their interest.

APHC chief executive John Thompson said: "The training grant has proved to be really popular over the last few years and we are delighted to be able to continue to provide this useful training support to both APHC members and non-members."

He added that the grants have previously proven to be a "real help", especially considering the tight economic position that many organisations have found themselves in over the past few years.

Furthermore, he noted that the impact of relevant training can be significantly beneficial when it comes to helping businesses expand their revenue potential by boosting their areas of expertise.

Some of the courses available include:

  • Refreshers on water regulations
  • Renewable technologies such as heat pumps and solar thermal
  • Unvented hot water systems
  • Above ground sanitation systems

If successful in applying for the grants, staff must attend their course before the end of the year and have their employer send their invoice and certificate of completion to APHC Training, which will then reimburse the cost directly into their bank account.

To get involved, companies should send an email to [email protected] with 'Training Grant' in the subject line. They will then be sent a form to complete and return. 

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