WaterSafe has been very busy over the past few months with Get Girls Plumbing and the Trust an Approved Plumber campaign which is on the way.
We have also been asking members about their working life from how many hours they work to how they use smart technology on the job and changes in the industry in the past 20 years.
Later we will be running the House of Horrors campaign and we want our members to get involved! Get in touch and tell us what's the worst DIY bodge-job you've put right? What was the worst or most dangerous job you have done? Send us your pictures and we'll use the best (the worst) in the campaign - these could even be published in HIP! Magazine.
Take a look below at what WaterSafe and our partners have been doing.
New e-learning opportunities at CIPHE
WaterSafe and our partners are keen to offer members opportunities for continued learning. The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched an e-learning website which includes learning modules, demonstration videos, literature and technical information.
Danny Davis, Operations Manager at the CIPHE, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for our members to update their knowledge. Each module displays the time it takes to complete, so it’s easy to fit in with the time they have available.
”Institute members are encouraged to undertake professional development to ensure they keep abreast of new technology and changes in the industry.
There are over 200 modules to choose from, helping members learn about evolving topics such as renewables with opportunities to refresh their IT skills. To view the e-PD website, visit www.ciphepd.org.uk.
The CIPHE currently has 87 of its members listed on WaterSafe. The Institute's recently-elected President also vowed to tackle rogue installers in his inaugural speech at the President's Dinner in mid-June.
"We are working on an initiative to place greater focus on clearly promoting the use of registered installers to the consumer and the potential consequences of not doing so." -
Andrew Crookes, CIPHE President.
Plumbers burning the midnight oil
A survey carried out by plumbing assurance scheme, WaterSafe, has found over half of plumbers are working over the maximum hours within the Working Time Directive.*
The survey has revealed a shocking 54% of plumbers work more than 48 hours a week,with a further 26% working between 40-48 hours and just 13% working between 35-40 hours.
Furthermore, 94% of plumbers think their long hours have had a negative impact on their family and social life...
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College gives four females free places
It would seem WaterSafe’s recently launched ‘Get Girls Plumbing’ campaign is certainly making waves as CHOICE Training, Dagenham has announced its support by offering four lucky ladies the chance to take up a career in plumbing.
Further helping to dispel age-old gender stereotypes, CHOICE, a leading boutique training centre providing courses in trade sectors, is giving away four of its City & Guilds Level 2 diplomas in plumbing studies to women interested in taking up the trade...
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