Klober is supporting Quality Plumber Week (3 - 9 October 2016) to celebrate the skilled work plumbing and heating engineers carry out everyday.
Organised by the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC), the third Quality Plumber Week aims to raise consumer awareness of using properly qualified, trained and accredited tradesmen in a bid to reduce the number of rogue traders.This is all the more important given the need to undertake increasingly specialist work such as installation of green technologies such as biomass boilers and ground source heat pumps.
The week’s focus will also be on promoting the industry to a new generation of plumbers, encouraging school leavers to consider the rewards and benefits of such a career. Recent APHC research found that attitudes towards apprenticeships appear to have shifted, with 86% of those polled agreeing that apprenticeships should be actively encouraged.
The week will also highlight work to tighten up Building Regulations enforcement to protect consumers and ensure a level playing field for those who comply with the UK’s rigorous construction standards. The APHC found that 74% of heating businesses believe that stricter enforcement would be beneficial in the face of competitors who bypass regulations in order to undercut. More worryingly, 69% agreed that customers are willing to breach building regulations to save time or money.
Klober David Arendell MD commented: “This is the first opportunity Klober has had to support Quality Plumber Week and we believe that doing so can only highlight the quality of products such as those in our lead-free flashings range. Whatever products are used, however, Klober will always seek to promote the highest standards of installation.”
John Thompson, Chief Executive, APHC added: “Quality Plumber Week truly unites the industry and its great to see the support our plumbers receive. We’re certainly seeing a trend of plumbing and heating being viewed once again as a professional and respected trade, which is having a positive impact on the numbers of new generation plumbers taking up apprenticeships and choosing a career path in plumbing.
For more information on Quality Plumber Week visit www.aphc.co.uk or to join the conversation on social media by following #QPW16 or @HausProfiUK.