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A Common Cause

Proud to be a Professional

"Working together to promote professionalism in the plumbing and heating industry is in everyone’s best interests if we are to secure the long-term future of the sector," says Paul Massey, Chairman of the CIPHE’s Industrial Associates Development Group.

"The CIPHE’s ‘Proud to be a Professional’ campaign is gaining momentum and is clearly striking a chord with members.

As part of this initiative, the Institute has focused on raising the profile of careers in the plumbing and heating industry over the past six months. While our sector has a lot to offer young people today, opportunities are being overlooked by school leavers and college students when choosing a career path, as skilled apprenticeships continue to be presented as second class options in comparison to a university education.

For this reason, the CIPHE believes there is huge value in drawing attention to individuals and their own success stories. You don’t have to look too hard to find them either. From entrepreneurial installers to managing directors and technical directors of some of the UK’s best-known brand names in the business − so many people have entered the industry through the apprenticeship route that the potential is there for all to see.

To help draw attention to this, the CIPHE launched its own Apprentice Awards earlier in the year, designed to celebrate the high standards of the next generation. Installers are being encouraged to put forward apprentices who are consistently going above and beyond and deserve recognition for doing so.

From talking to the CIPHE’s many Industrial Associate supporters, I know that closing the skills gap is as much of an issue for them as it is for the Institute. If we don’t work together to turn the tide and attract more young talent into the trade it becomes an issue for the entire supply chain.

The beating heart of the industry depends upon professional installers with the highest standards of workmanship understanding and fitting the products manufacturers produce and merchants sell − with the health and safety of homeowners in mind. Bringing new people in to this exciting sector with fresh ideas and the will to succeed is critical if we’re going to keep everything alive and kicking."