Impressive backing for the promotion of career progression to those working in plumbing and domestic heating, according to latest industry research
The report Industry Perception – Across the UK found that 98% believed career progression should be promoted and 83% agreed that apprenticeships should lead towards Engineering Technician registration
However, it went on to state that more needs to be done to raise awareness of ‘EngTech’ and what it represents, to address current misperceptions. 72% felt that registration to the Engineering Council as EngTech is not adequately promoted.
The research, sponsored by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and led by SummitSkills and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), was carried out to understand industry perceptions of and barriers to professional recognition for plumbing and domestic heating.
Further feedback suggests that although the term EngTech may be known across the sector, most do not understand what it means and its benefits to individuals and employers are not recognised.
Subjects such as current apprenticeship duration, content and assessment methods were also explored by the report. The feedback gained in these areas will contribute towards the new plumbing and heating Trailblazer apprenticeship standard that is currently being developed.
Key recommendations in the report include awareness raising campaigns and other activity to promote Engineering Technician registration and plumbing careers, to deliver clear and consistent messages about the industry and professional recognition.
“I am really encouraged that the vast majority of respondents supported career progression,” said Kevin Wellman, Chief Executive, CIPHE. “This reinforces our collective responsibility in promoting the benefits of Engineering Technician registration. Professional recognition is the key to raising standards in the industry.”
For further information, visit the website: www.ciphe.org.uk/research