It’s no industry secret that there is a severe skills shortage of qualified gas engineers in the UK. The privatisation of the Gas Board in 1986, further compounded by a lack of investment in public funding for apprenticeships has caused a skills gap in the industry.

There are around 25 million homes in the UK, all of which require a source of heating and hot water. By far the and away, gas central heating is the most popular method of proving heating & hot water. With gas appliances requiring an annual service to maintain their manufacturer’s warranty, every rented property requiring an annual Gas Safety Certificate, repairs required to keep appliances operational & the average lifespan of a combi boiler lasting 15 years’ you can be assured training as a gas engineer is both prosperous and sustainable.

Why Use Skills Training Group

A Competitive Salary

Depending on your experience level and area of expertise, typical salaries in the area range from £30,000 to up to £50,000 a year. By running your own business, these figures often increase dramatically.

A Secure Career

Because of the many regulations that require people to hire registered ‘Gas Safe’ engineers, your skills will always be in demand, which means you can count a range of career prospects and opportunities. As you gain experience, your career will grow, allowing it to be so much more than just a job - it’s a lifetime career.

Day-to-Day Challenges

Working as a gas engineer is extremely rewarding. Every day you will be challenged and tested, relying on your manual skills, prolixity, patience, and communication in order to solve problems and succeed. Although not easy, you’ll never be bored while on the job.

Diverse Tasks

The range of projects for a gas fitter varies widely, which means you can work on small domestic boiler jobs and huge commercial heating systems. The constant change of environment makes the career fun and exciting.

Flexible Schedule

Unlike other professions, you’ll be able to manage your own time - and you’ll never be tied to an office chair. Each day will be different, and you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to scheduling appointments and taking jobs, especially when you own your own business.

Picking a Training Path

If becoming a gas engineer appeals to you, the first step is to look at the different training options and consider which is the best option for you and your circumstances.

In the UK, there are two main routes to becoming a gas safe registered engineer – following a traditional NVQ apprenticeship or opting for a fast track managed learning programme. Both options offer positives and negatives to weigh up before you decide which one to go forward with. With either option, one of the most important factors is to make sure that the training you receive will ensure that you are fully compliant with the current regulations when the course concludes, allowing you to secure work without restrictions. It’s an issue that all leading providers will make sure they’re up to date on and will be happy to explain how their course reflects current demands and practices.

Traditional NVQ apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are the traditional way to train to become a gas engineer. It blends both studying towards the qualifications you need with working within a company. It’s a long process before you’re fully qualified but it does mean that you’re being paid while you’re training.

You’ll finish your apprenticeship with the necessary NVQ qualifications and you’ll usually have an opportunity to stay within the company you’ve trained with, giving you peace of mind. However, there are only a limited number of apprenticeships available each year and you often face extremely tough competition to secure these.

Although there is no age restriction for starting an NVQ Apprenticeship, it’s uncommon for any aged 20 or over to secure an apprenticeship due to national minimum wage requirements.

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Fast track managed learning programme

As the name suggests, one of the key reasons this is a growing option is the speed that you can become a gas engineer. Rather than taking years to become qualified, it can be attained in only 26 weeks and you still benefit from hands-on experience when you choose the right course.

Choosing a fast track managed learning programme puts you in control of your learning and development. Rather than having to wait for the right apprenticeship to appear and compete for a limited number of spots, you’re able to have more flexibility to find a course that better matches your circumstances and overall goals.

Here at Training Developments Scotland, we offer an intensive and incredibly comprehensive in-depth gas training course that can be completed in just 26 weeks. Split into five distinct stages, taking you from core gas safety processes to work placement, you’ll have all the skills and certification you need to get started with your new career.

Qualifications gained during the course include CCN1, CPA1, CENWAT, CKR1, and HTR1, giving you a vast skill set to tap into.

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Skills Training Group’s Gas Managed Learning Programme

Skills Training Group’s 26-week Gas Managed Learning Programme is the most comprehensive gas engineer training course in the whole of the UK. The Gas Foundation Course is designed for beginners who are looking to train as a gas engineer and no prior knowledge or experience is required to join the course.

Our course is accredited by Logic Certification - a leading UK Gas Accreditation Body – covering 18 accredited training modules which on completion, allow to you sit your final ACS assessments, a mandatory requirement for any gas engineer who wishes to work under Gas Safe Registration.

Skill Training Group also deliver bespoke, employer-led training on top of the Logic Certification Curriculum which has been developed in conjunction with many of the UK’s largest gas engineering employers. The additional elements focus on making our candidates ‘job-ready’.

This approach has led to many of the UK’s largest gas engineering employers using us as a training & recruitment pipeline for newly qualified, ‘job-ready’ candidates. Employers look for our students because they know they won’t require extensive extra training in order to start taking jobs and earning a profit. This has benefited our candidates immensely, with many of them progressing straight into employment through this network.

To date, we have delivered over 50 Gas Foundation Courses to over 400 candidates, achieving a 98% first-time pass rate.

Why are apprenticeships falling in popularity?

While NVQ apprenticeships have been the traditional route to gain access to a gas engineer job, it’s a route that’s slowly being replaced by Managed Learning Programmes.

The core reason for this is a lack of investment from companies to take apprentices on. Operating an apprenticeship means a three or four-year commitment to work with and train an individual. As a result, firms want the person they’re invested in to continue working at their company for a long period of time. However, changes to the economy and how frequently workers swap jobs mean this is no longer happening and with some firms losing apprentices to competitors almost as soon they’ve completed their training, it’s led to a reluctance to take on and train apprentices.

Gas Engineer Course Content

Core Gas Safety

Core Gas Safety is mandatory content for any gas engineer training course and covers all the elements required to pass your final ACS Assessments, ultimately allowing you to join the Gas Safe Register, however, these skills are the minimum criteria for being successful as a gas engineer.

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Core Practical Skills

Our Core Practical Skills covers the additional bespoke training curriculum. These topics are all about providing you with the skills and confidence to carry out practical tasks for employers. Many training centres cover these sections briefly, however a deep and thorough understanding of these subjects are required for you to be successful which is why we spend the majority of our course on these subjects. Essentially, this is the part that makes you employable.

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Introduction to Plumbing

For those who are going to work with small business or become self-employed, it is important that you possess basic plumbing skills. Private customers & letting agents expect that gas engineers are able to carry out basic plumbing jobs, therefore we have included this as part of our bespoke curriculum.

Build confidence in your newly acquired skills.

Train you for the variety of tasks required to be successful as a domestic gas engineer.

Be productive and work efficiently.

Your Gas Training Portfolio

A mandatory part of any new entrant gas engineer course is to complete a portfolio of verified gas work.

Your portfolio is your opportunity to stand out from other new engineers. A high-quality portfolio demonstrates to potential employers that you have gained the skills necessary to work in the industry and become a productive member of their team whilst working safely and effectively. Our course may not give you years of experience, but it will give you the best foundation knowledge and practical skills required to build a great career in the Gas industry.

A completed portfolio is your access to your final ACS assessments.

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Your Guaranteed Work Placement

As part of your course, we will guarantee you a work placement with a Gas Safe Registered company. We are one of the few companies in the UK who can offer this to our students.

Remember, you cannot complete any new entrant gas course without a work placement. Please be aware, any company that does not guarantee you a work placement, will not help you find one after you join their course.

The companies you will build your portfolio with are some of the UK’s most well-known and reputable heating and utilities employers, allowing you a realistic opportunity of full time employment on completion of your training.

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ACS Assessment

The final part of your Gas Foundation Courses involves sitting your ACS Assessments. On successful completion of your ACS Assessments, you will be eligible to work under Gas Safe Registration, either for yourself or for an employer.

The assessment takes around 5 days to complete and contains a mixture of multiple choice theory papers and practical tasks covering core gas safety.

We have a 98% first time pass rate for these assessments and if a re-sit is required, we would identify where you required extra training and provide a re-assessment free of charge.

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How You’ll Learn

Our course has been designed with as much practical training as possible throughout the 26 weeks. We have built our practical training facilities bespoke to our course to include Realistic Working Environments.

Realistic working environments allow us to simulate ‘real life’ scenarios within our training centre. Once you have built up sufficient experience carrying out practical training tasks, we will simulate your practical training experience similar to being out on the tools working for an employer.

Realistic working environments allow you to:

Build confidence in your newly acquired skills.

Train you for the variety of tasks required to be successful as a domestic gas engineer.

Be productive and work efficiently.

Gas Safe Registration

On completion of your training programme, you will have all the required qualifications to work under the Gas Safe Register. The Gas Safe Register, formerly known as Corgi, is the regulatory body for the gas industry. To carry out any gas work, you need to be registered with Gas Safe.

If you’re working for an employer, they will register you on their Gas Safe Registration. For those who are starting out self-employed, an initial joining fee of £362 + VAT is required by Gas Safe to register your company.

Centre Tour

If you would like to find out more information on your new gas engineering career, why not book an appointment to visit our training centre for the opportunity to meet one of your trainers and have a guided tour of our training facilities?

Call a member of our customer service team today on 0141 889 4516.

Testimonials

"We currently use Training Developments Scotland for the training, upskilling and re-skilling of our 60+ smart metering technicians in Scotland.

Training Developments Scotland provide exceptional first-class training tailoring their training and adapting our processes into their top-class service."

David McInally

Field Supervisor

"I can’t speak highly enough of Tommy, Mark and the team. From day one they have went over and above in how they support us both through training engineers and additional queries and advice over and above the training.
The training itself is great with some top-quality guys being produced.
Their help with the minefield surrounding the dual fuel industry and EUSR has proved to be invaluable and I look forward to continuing the good relationship our businesses share."

Mark Pacitti

Operations Director

"Long gone are the days where it was good enough to teach a candidate on just the basic skills needed to carry out the task of their chosen career. Our focus needs not only to be on basic skills development but also to be on customer service skills and I.T. skills. It is this focus that will allow our candidates to stay in the industry and enjoy the career path they have chosen. At TDS we are ideally suited to deliver this experience as our training is bespoke to each class."

Raymond Ringrose

Field Operations Director

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