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SummitSkills seeks independent board directors

SummitSkills is seeking to appoint two independent directors to join its team of board members from April 2014.

Landlord prosecuted for putting family at CO risk

A landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to carry out 150 hours of community work for endangering a family with young children after he authorised illegal gas work at a Luton home.

Plumbers encouraged to take the domain plunge

Plumbers are being urged to take advantage of the launch of the new generic Top Level Domain .plumbing, to guarantee a fresh new domain and ensure their business doesn't miss out.

Construction sites targeted in around 6,000 thefts in a single year

Freedom of Information requests sent to 27 police forces around the UK have revealed the shocking extent of construction site thefts and their cost to the industry.

National plumbing competition sees first female make it to the final

Hayley Phenix, 19, has made it through to the final of the UK Copper Board National Apprentice Plumber of the Year competition.

Green deal is doomed without installer support, says industry body

The Green Deal is doomed to fail unless it fully engages with the UK's 135,000 heating installers according to the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council.

National legionella scheme launched

A national legionella scheme has been launched by the Plumbing & Heating Contractors Alliance, to ensure compliance with the Health & Safety Executive's Approved Code of Practice.

Competition gives plumbers the chance to win mentoring from former Dragon

Plumbing businesses from across the UK are being given the opportunity to win a month's worth of priceless mentoring from the former Dragons' Den investor, Simon Woodroffe OBE.

RHI training voucher scheme gets boost

The £500,000 RHI training voucher scheme, launched in October last year, has been extended by an additional £150,000.

Heating controls are too difficult for people with sight loss

Many people with sight loss are unable to control their heating or cut their fuel bills because heating dials and switches are too difficult to use, according to research published today.

Energy Secretary called to "overhaul" ECO

Energy Secretary Ed Davey is being called on to overhaul the way the Energy Companies Obligation scheme is administered to prevent it from "descending into chaos".

New HETAS Guide published

The 2014 version of the HETAS Guide to approved products and appliances has now been published.

Last call for entries to OFTEC's 2014 Awards for Excellence

OFTEC registered technicians have less than a month to shine a light on their achievements and enter the new look OFTEC 2014 Awards for Excellence.

Survey shows plumbers are failing to embrace social media

The UK plumbing sector is falling behind other UK industries when it comes to engaging with customers online, according to a survey from shower and tap brand Bristan.

UK reaches first carbon reduction target

The UK has met its first carbon budget, which is the first step in fulfilling government's commitment to cut Britain's emissions by 80% to 2050.

Industry training awards presented at Millennium Centre

Several apprentices have been presented with awards at this year's Building Services Engineering Industry Training Awards, which took place in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on 3 February.

Illegal boiler installation put residents at risk of CO poisoning

A gas fitter has been fined for illegally installing a gas boiler at a Newquay home, which left the occupants at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Substandard work left homeowners at risk of fire and explosion

An illegal gas fitter has been fined after his substandard work posed a serious threat of fire and explosion.

B&ES Yorkshire celebrates its best young talent

This year's Yorkshire Training Awards celebrated the skills of eight employees from seven companies, all of which are active in Yorkshire.

UK recovery threatened by skills shortage, warns entrepreneur

Will Davies, managing director of property maintenance and refurbishment company aspect.co.uk, has warned that a shortage of skills in the construction industry will grind UK recovery to a halt.

Managing director Eamon Wilson with trainees

New plumbing training centre to open in Northampton

EAS Mechanical has opened a new Northampton-based training centre dedicated to the plumbing and mechanical sector.

Efficient boilers save more on bills than previously thought, reveals EST

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has published updated figures on the amount of fuel - and money - homeowners can save by installing energy efficiency measures in their home.

Construction apprenticeship vacancies increase by two-thirds year on year

More apprenticeship vacancies are being created in the construction sector as applications increase by 34%, according to figures released today by the National Apprenticeship Service.

Installers and consumers 'failed by ECO scheme', claims installer network

Some of the UK's poorest households are being failed by one of the government's flagship carbon reduction initiatives, according the national installer network Futureproof.

JTL reports strong apprenticeship figures

JTL, provider of apprenticeships in the building services engineering sector, has reported a bumper five months apprentice recruitment result.

Tool theft costs UK tradespeople millions

UK tradespeople have lost over £75 million due to tool theft from their vehicles since 2008, according to statistics from Commercial Vehicle Direct Insurance Services.

Minister for Communities Visits NAPIT Bristol Training Centre

Minister for Communities Stephen Williams visited the NAPIT Training Centre in Bristol on 30 January to gain an insight into the life of an electrician and the training aspiring electricians and sustainable technology installers need to get and remain qualified.

London new home registrations hit highest level since records began

The number of new homes registered in London last year was the highest since electronic records began over 26 years ago, new figures from NHBC have revealed.

Research shows benefits of improving minority ethnic housing

Investing in housing improvements among minority ethnic households in England has a positive impact on health and wellbeing and makes economic sense, according to a new study by BRE and the Race Equality Foundation.

Climate Center reports surging air conditioning and refrigeration sales

Climate Center has reported surging demand for air conditioning and refrigeration, with the 'bumper summer' continuing through the autumn and winter.

'Meet the Buyer' for Manchester construction firms

Construction firms in Manchester are being invited to a free Meet the Buyer event to find out about millions of pounds' worth of work opportunities.

Guidance for working at height to be simplified

An overhaul of guidance on working at height was launched on 28 January as part of the government's long-term economic plan to abolish or improve outdated, burdensome or over-complicated regulations which waste businesses' time and money.

APHC and City & Guilds launch Employer Engagement seminars

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors is working in partnership with City & Guilds to deliver a series of free Employer Engagement seminars at boiler manufacturer training centres across the UK.

£10 million fund announced for the development of innovative low carbon designs

British entrepreneurs are set to benefit from a share of £10million to help bring new and innovative energy efficient products to market, Minister of Energy & Climate Change Greg Barker announced on 28 January.

2013 survey shows significant changes in social housing sector

Progress is being made on the deployment of sustainable retrofit, but not as fast as registered providers have anticipated, according to a survey carried out by Alliance Procurement, the National Energy Foundation and the University of Salford.

Value of the construction industry rockets

The value of construction projects in the UK has increased by 67.1% in the last year, according to Barbour ABI's recent Economic & Construction Market Review.

Power to the people

Local communities will be able to take more control of their energy bills and help transform the energy system thanks to proposals unveiled by the government in Britain's first Community Energy Strategy.

Are you ready for World Plumbing Day?

With World Plumbing Day fast approaching, the CIPHE is taking the opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of scalding.

Landlords' failure to obtain gas safety record puts tenants at risk

Two brothers from Dudley have been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £3,000 after they failed to obtain a gas safety record for a property they rented out, putting tenants' lives at risk.

Big Energy Saving Week helps consumers reduce bills

Industry is supporting Big Energy Saving Week, which runs from 27-31 January, in a bid to help consumers lower their energy bills.

Training sees positive shift towards business growth

Small businesses are shifting their training priorities to concentrate on areas essential for future business growth, according to the Forum of Private Business' latest research.

Early payment schemes launched for medium-sized contractors

Early payment schemes for medium-sized construction contractors have been launched by alternative lending specialist Nucleus Commercial Finance.

Darlington man sentenced for illegal gas work

A Darlington man has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work after illegally carrying out gas work.

Apprentice discusses health and safety in new video

The British Safety Council has released a short film entitled 'Construction risks: an apprentice's view'.

Four in five plumbers lack mobile-friendly websites

Four in five plumbing firm websites are not 'mobile-friendly', according to new research from hibu (previously yell.com).

Teenage apprentice chases career in construction

A teenage apprentice who sent out 1,500 job applications while unemployed told Kris Hopkins MP, Minister for Housing, how he hopes he has a job for life in construction.

Projected energy savings of Green Deal measures have been over-estimated, claims leading environmentalist

A recent blog by Chris Goodall has brought to light various issues with the projected energy savings government has used to promote the Green Deal and other energy efficiency schemes.

UK-GBC comments on latest Green Deal figures

The UK Green Building Council has responded to the latest Green Deal statistics which show that 626 homes have now installed energy efficiency measures through the Green Deal.

Jewson launches Valentines offer

Builders' merchant Jewson has launched a new promotion for Valentines Day.

FMB gives Green Deal 'must try harder' report card

The Green Deal has scored just two out of five in a one-year anniversary 'report card' from the Federation of Master Builders, which says the government must try harder to broaden the appeal of its flagship policy.

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