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Kier calls on plumbers to plunge into training


Published by Jack Williams for Kier Services in Communities and also in Local Government

Kier North Tyneside is calling on local plumbers wanting to train for a full gas qualification to sign up at its state-of-the-art training facility after securing £135,000 of funding from the Employer Ownership of Skills scheme.

The scheme, which is backed by government, supports projects that develop skills, create jobs and drive enterprise and economic growth. Repairs and maintenance provider Kier North Tyneside successfully applied for funding and is using its allocation to upskill local plumbers, helping them to expand the scope of their work by training for a full gas qualification. The training is open to anyone who already holds a recognised plumbing qualification (minimum level 2) and will begin this month.

Upskilling from a plumbing to a full gas qualification can mean reduced visits by engineers to customers, and local employers are being urged to consider it as a means of improving customer service. As well as being more convenient for customers, it is also a more effective use of engineers’ time.

Those enrolling on the course will receive 50% funding up to a maximum of £900 and Kier North Tyneside expects 150 trainees to go through the programme over the next three years.

Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “Securing this funding is testament to the quality of training our centre provides and the reputation it has quickly built up since it was launched 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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