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New qualifications for aspiring plumbers and electricians

City & Guilds will be launching two new Level 1 qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework on 2 September 2013.

The UK's most famous plumber

Rob Nash could soon be the most recognised plumbing and heating engineer in the UK after being chosen for a new advertising campaign.

Green Deal door-to-door warning

Haringey Council has warned local residents to be vigilant about salesmen offering Green Deal assessments.

Trust in tradesmen still a consumer concern

The building and landscaping industry is still battling against consumer concerns about rogue tradesmen, according to a recent survey by Bradstone Assured.

StreetwiseSubbie conference urges Cameron to rescue industry

David Cameron stated that he was "very aware of the pressures faced by subcontractors in the construction sector" in his recent letter to the National Specialist Contractors' Council (NSCC), and that "the construction supply chain should not have to wait for lengthy periods to be paid for work they have already completed".

Apprenticeship figures "spectacular", says Mullins

The latest figures on apprenticeships are "spectacular news" according to Charlie Mullins, boss of Pimlico Plumbers.

Green Deal provider in administration

Green Deal provider Enact Energy Renewables has gone into administration.

New tariffs for non-domestic RHI

Office blocks, factories and community centres could be among a number of buildings across Great Britain to benefit from more cash for renewable heat under proposals recently set out by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

CIBSE stresses importance of reducing energy demand

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) recently announced that it has tabled amendments to the Energy Bill which may have a significant impact for the non-domestic building sector, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has said.

Solar PV firm fined for skylight fall

A Midlands firm specialising in the installation of solar panels has been fined for safety failings after a worker sustained life-threatening injuries when he fell through a skylight at a warehouse in Blundell Street, Islington.

Plumbers feeling positive for 2013

Plumbers expect to see improved business prospects in 2013, with the majority (90%) expecting their business to grow by up to 15% this year, according to research conducted by business software and services provider Sage UK.

Online apprenticeship applications and vacancies set new records

Almost 370,000 apprenticeship applications were submitted online between February and April 2013 (Academic Year Q3 2012/13), according to new figures released today (31 May) by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS). This represents growth of over 32% when compared to the same period last year.

New code curbs "unnecessary" council safety checks

Local authorities have been banned from unnecessary health and safety inspections under a new code, which came into effect yesterday (29 May 2013).

Illegal boiler installation puts care-home residents at risk

A Dumfries & Galloway care-home provider has been fined for allowing unqualified handymen to illegally install two gas boilers at the premises in Sanquhar.

EC symbol ruling "victory"

The defeat of a European proposal to label radiators as unsuitable for use with heat pumps is a major victory for the industry, according to the Manufacturers' Association of Radiators & Convectors (MARC).

TrustMark expands further into the retail sector

Retail installation company Tradesmen Solutions has recently been approved as a new scheme operator to help provide firms to the government-endorsed TrustMark quality mark, which helps consumers find reliable and trustworthy local tradesmen.

CIPHE raises alarm on faulty specifications

Residents on a Coventry newbuild housing estate have been shocked by their £1,200-per-quarter electricity bills, after the air source heat pumps providing heat and hot water in their homes were incorrectly specified.

Construction SMEs enjoy "highest-performing Q1 since 2008"

SMEs in the construction sector have experienced their highest-performing Q1 since 2008, according to the latest Business Factors Index (BFI) from Bibby Financial Services.

BEAMA champions healthy living with new Green Deal IAQ guidance

BEAMA has published a guidance document challenging all Green Deal Providers to specify continuous ventilation with insulation packages.

Leeds student turns her pipe dreams into reality

After swapping university life to become a plumber, Dionne Flemming from Chapletown, Leeds has been chosen as the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year at the Leeds Apprenticeship Awards.

Possible road to recovery for residential property market

Overall market conditions for the UK show welcome signs of improvement, according to data collated in the Q1 Move with Us Residential Market Review.

Pimlico Plumbers reports growth

Pimlico Plumbers is reporting a growth in consumer confidence after it recorded a 25% year-on-year increase in sales for April 2013.

New BSRIA guidance for air-tightness test

BSRIA's new guide provides architects, main contractors and subcontractors with an understanding of how to design and construct buildings in order to achieve air-tightness targets.

New SNIPEF president elected

Raymond Leslie, managing director of Firth Heating, is the new president of the Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation (SNIPEF).

New websites launched to help with Green Deal scheme

Two websites have launched to help homeowners and businesses up and down the country make the most of the government's Green Deal scheme.

MP announces £29 billion boost to economy

Investment figures for the UK were announced at this week's All Energy Conference (22 May), held in Aberdeen.

APHC reminds installers of waste carrier legislation

APHC is reminding installers of the need to register as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency if they are transporting any construction waste in their business vehicle.

Tackle legionella with CIBSE's new guide

Control of legionella in water systems is an ongoing concern, especially following the outbreaks of legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh and Stoke last year. The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has published a new guide to help reduce risk and provide further understanding on control measures.

Unsafe gas work leads to fine for kitchen installer

A Staffordshire kitchen fitter has been has been fined after he carried out illegal gas work and put families' lives at risk.

Industry welcomes increase in voucher payments for the RHPP

Industry has welcomed the increase in voucher payments for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme, viewing it as a positive step towards the longer term domestic Renewable Heat Incentive which has been postponed until Spring 2014.

Employment Allowance to boost SME jobs

According to new research from Direct Line for Business (DL4B), one in five SMEs in the UK has been encouraged to expand following the government's decision to introduce an Employment Allowance of £2,000 a year towards employer National Insurance (NI) contributions.

SkillPLUMB crowns best in Wales

Owain Powell, 20, from GVJ Plumbing & Heating in Ceredigion has been named the best young plumber in Wales, following the SkillPLUMB Wales national final at Deeside College on 14 May.

Businesses continue to benefit from apprentice recruitment

Seventy-five percent of employers in the Building Services Engineering sector either increased or maintained their level of apprentice recruitment in 2012, according to research conducted for JTL by research and consulting agency Pye Tait.

New website makes going green easier

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies has revamped its website to better service businesses looking to deliver renewable and low-carbon training.

More than 60,000 Scottish building jobs lost in five years

New figures published this month lay bare the devastating impact of the economic downturn on Scotland's construction industry, with 62,500 jobs lost in the space of five years.

Preserving skills with the Leadwork Conservation Network Group

There is a shortage of skilled leadwork conservation craftsmen in the UK who are capable of carrying out appropriate repairs to historic buildings, according to the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.

HSE consults on proposed changes to ACoP L56

APHC has once again called on its members and installers to take part in the Health & Safety Executive's (HSE) consultation on the revised content of the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L56 - safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances.

Increase in money off vouchers available under RHPP

Householders across the UK will be able to get even more cash for renewable heating products, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced today, in a bid to boost Green Deal assessments.

Explosion in Newark kills two and leaves four injured

Police are investigating the possibility that DIY may have been the cause of an explosion at a terraced house in Newark which killed two people and injured four others.

Stopcocks Women Plumbers partners with SumUp

Stopcocks Women Plumbers has struck a deal with mobile payments firm SumUp. The partnership means that Stopcocks will now be equipped to process debit and credit card payments for the company's training schemes and individual plumbing jobs.

Minister "encouraged" by fuel poverty report

Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has commented on yesterday's (16 May) fuel poverty annual report, which comprises fuel poverty statistics for 2011.

More construction companies seek SSIP approval

Further improvements to reduce the bureaucracy of health and safety assessment in the construction industry have been made, a survey from Constructionline has revealed.

New Q1 2013 reports indicate work for trades will increase

The recent report from The National House-Building Council (NHBC) has shown that the number of new homes being planned in 2013 has risen by 22% against the same period last year.

Green Deal could stall without SME support

Small building companies need fairer access to the Green Deal market if the shortage of installers is to be addressed, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned in response to the latest statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

JTL partners with Monument Tools

New recruits on JTL apprenticeship programmes in plumbing, heating and ventilating are to receive a free start-up set of tools, thanks to a unique partnership between JTL and supplier Monument Tools.

Balfour Beatty construction revenue plummets

Balfour Beatty's UK construction arm reported a 23% fall in revenue in the first four months of 2013.

Professionals support sustainable development

Research conducted by CareerStructure.com has found that 78% of professionals believe that a greater focus on sustainability within the built environment could help to boost overall industry growth.

Plumber fined for endangering young family

A Nottinghamshire plumber has been fined after putting his son and a young family at risk of exposure to asbestos.

BSW hosts work experience programme

BSW Building Services has played host to two German apprentice students at its Sussex site in Haywards Heath, during a four-week work experience programme.

Help to Buy boosts property market

Findings from RICS' April 2013 UK Residential Market Survey indicate an increase in the UK property market, following the launch of the government's Help to Buy scheme.

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