diversity

Combatting the skills challenge with diversity

Danica Caiger-Smith, Consumer Research Lead at Energy Systems Catapult, takes a look at how more diversity in the installer workforce can benefit the industry: Over one third of heating and cooling installers in the UK are aged 55 or older, putting many within striking distance of retirement (the average retirement age is 64 for women […]

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Changing diversity in the heating, plumbing and construction industry – Opinion

Traditionally the heating, plumbing and construction industries have been seen as male dominated that fail to reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. Now momentum is growing to accelerate change, putting processes in place to inspire and support women to feel comfortable and thrive in the sector. The launch of the Construction Inclusion Coalition […]

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Gas Safety Week prepares to focus on diversity

The partners behind Gas Safety Week, taking place on 11-17 September have underlined the essential role of installers in keeping the public safe as they prepare to host a wide range of events up and down the country. Next week’s theme is ‘Diversity’ and Jonathan Samuel, the chief executive of the Gas Safe Register, promised […]

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Heating sector needs to “focus on action, not tokenistic interventions” says diversity report

Women and ethnic minorities represent an untapped talent pool that could address the UK’s labour and skills shortage, but urgent action is needed to encourage more entrants to the workforce, says a new report from Energy Systems Catapult. With women accounting for only 2% of the heating industry workforce and only 5% of those in the […]

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How to attract the next generation of heating and plumbing engineers

As the heating and plumbing industry looks towards the net zero challenge, it is imperative that it makes a serious commitment to attracting the next generation – not just in terms of bridging the skills gap but nurturing the progressive new thinking needed to drive innovation. In the second instalment of Resideo’s round table on […]

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