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WaterSafe approved plumbers are certified by our national accreditation body, with specific training in the UK’s Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.
Hiring a WaterSafe approved plumber ensures that all plumbing work meets high standards and protects the quality of drinking water in your home and business, in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
When planning a plumbing project, you may wish to hire specialised contractors, rather than a fully qualified WaterSafe Plumber.
These Water Support Services contractors include:
These contractors are not approved WaterSafe plumbers, but they are recognised by the water company schemes APLUS, TAPS, WaterMark and WIAPS to carry out specific types of work in compliance with the Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.
Groundworkers can work on the supply pipe (the underground pipe) supplying your property, up to the internal stop valve.
Catering Installers can install commercial kitchen equipment.
Point of Use Installers can install cold water chillers connected directly to the mains.
For further information or help, you should contact the relevant water company scheme.
Find a local WaterSafe approved plumber to help with your emergency.
For leaks, burst pipes, or other plumbing emergencies, WaterSafe’s emergency search will give you the contact details of a plumber who can help right away.
If you have no water, very low pressure or concerns about the quality of your water, you should contact your local water company straight away.
Plumbing industry expert, WaterSafe has asserted that a reform to the current approach to apprenticeships is vital if the plumbing sector is to meet future demand.
According to recent research 1, although employment levels are at an all-time high, particularly in the construction domain, there are still 943,000 young people in the UK who are not in education, employment or training (Neets).
The consensus from trade associations is that the issue is one of a skills shortage, particularly when it comes to the trade sector. Currently, one in ten jobs in Britain is in construction yet many are outsourced to sub-contractors from overseas as there simply isn’t the skills set in the UK to fulfill the burgeoning demand.
Julie Spinks, director at WaterSafe comments: “It is a travesty to think that we have so much opportunity in the UK trade industry yet so many young people are still out of work.
“The issue is clearly one of a lack of investment in apprenticeships whereby, as a result of the tough recessional years, trade businesses simply haven’t had the money or resource to invest in training new-starters. However, this is something as an industry we must address and rapidly– or face simply not having the resources to fulfill our construction goals.”
Most recently the Government announced its Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill which sets out to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020 by providing young people with the support, skills and experience they need to realise their potential.
Julie adds: “It is great to see the Government pledge more commitment and funding to apprenticeships. After all, they are the lifeblood of any trade and vital to boosting productivity and enhancing our skills set as the sector continues to thrive. And of course, we would urge any apprentices starting out in the plumbing sector to register with WaterSafe once they have their qualifications.”