Emergency Plumber Responds to Announcement from the CIPHE

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The specialists behind Emergency Plumber have commented on the news that the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering has voiced its concerns over a shortage of skilled leadwork conservation craftsmen in the UK.

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the group is expected to work with established conservation organisations and government departments in an attempt to set new professional conservation standards.

It has been reported in HVP that fellow organisations, the Worshipful Company of Plumbers (WCP) and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) have joined forces with the CIPHE to create the Leadwork Conservation Network Group. It comes out of concern that the skills shortage situation could worsen as colleges no longer teach lead plumbing, an essential skill for repairs to historical buildings. Officially launched 15th May at the House of Lords, the group is expected to work with established conservation organisations and government departments in an attempt to set new professional conservation standards.

Commenting on the new partnership, Chief Executive, Kevin Wellman explains that “it is very worrying that leadwork has been dropped from the curriculum for plumbing standards.”

Celebrated for their London emergency plumbers, Emergency Plumber offers fully trained engineers throughout the country. As a result, the team have a natural interest in the way plumbing is taught and introduced to those looking to get involved in the industry, and so a representative from the agency has shared their thoughts on the matter.

“Although it is important for plumbing education training to move forward in line with the industry, it is still important that young people get the opportunity to learn all aspects of the trade, especially with such a concerning shortage of lead craftsman who are needed for the restoration of historic buildings. We will be interested to see the impact that these three organisations can have on setting new standards, as well as the way they plan to go about achieving this.”

The team at Emergency Plumber continue to research and comment upon the latest sector news and developments.

Emergency plumber is an agency run by Martin Smith. With 18 years’ experience in the industry, his aim is to provide fast and efficient emergency plumbing engineers 24/7. The company operates within a wide range of areas in the UK including London, Plymouth, Reading, Coventry, Bolton, Manchester and Newcastle. With a database of over 300 emergency plumbers, the firm is currently the fastest growing plumbing company in the UK. Customers can also contact the team for information and advice on gas related problems.

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