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Heating Installer Awards

The Heating Installer Awards has announced its 2021 regional winners as well as the finalists for its Rising Star and Most Sustainable Installer categories. The shortlists have been decided by a panel of experts including representatives from the awards’ partners Armacell, CIPHE, Danfoss, LG and Polypipe, who recently scored all of the entries on problem solving, product knowledge and stand-out work. The panel was also joined by the 2020 Heating Installer Awards winner, Phil Metcalf, from Metcalf Heating & Cooling.

JOB VACANCY: Lecturer in Plumbing

JOB VACANCY: Lecturer in Plumbing

Lecturer in Plumbing

£33,886 to £41,388 per annum, inclusive of enhanced London Weighting Allowance

Full Time, Permanent

JOB VACANCY: Lecturer in Plumbing

“I never thought I would become a teacher after working in industry for so many years, but it has been a great move for me. I enjoy working at the college and learn new skills each week. The college has encouraged me to get my teaching qualification and seeing students' progress gives you a really good feeling.” Barry, Electrical & Plumbing Lecturer at UCG

JOB VACANCY: Lecturer in Plumbing & Gas

JOB VACANCY Lecturer in Plumbing & Gas

Lecturer in Plumbing & Gas

£33,886 to £41,388 per annum, inclusive of enhanced London Weighting Allowance

Full Time, Permanent


To plan, teach/deliver and develop high quality education and learning for students on College’s Courses within the Career cluster of Engineering, Construction and Building Services, to help them achieve their learning goals, in accordance with the College’s mission, values, and expectations, and the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Trainers in education and training summarised at Annex I.


How approved plumbers see work changing after the pandemic

approved plumbers

A survey* of approved plumbers by the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has shown how they see the Covid-19 pandemic impacting the industry in the long term.
Two thirds (68%) of those surveyed said things will change forever after the pandemic ends, with over half (59%) saying they expect social distancing and more stringent hygiene practices to continue indefinitely.
The pandemic has also made plumbers reconsider working practices going forward. While 15% think they may have to increase how much they charge after lockdown, some said they could cut fees instead to drive much-needed business. 

Wilo UK announces eight-year framework with Thames Water

Reece Fryer signing eight-year framework

Leading manufacturer of water pumps and pump systems, Wilo UK, has been awarded the AMP7 framework to supply Thames Water with wastewater pumps and associated equipment and engineering for eight years, including innovative systems with anti-clogging detection. 

Wilo UK, part of the Wilo Group, is a leading premium provider of pumps and pump systems for building services, water management and industry, using smart solutions that bring together people, products and services. 

Thames Water has appointed Wilo UK to its framework for the design,  installation, product supply, maintenance, repair and site services of wastewater pumps and associated products. 

Most plumbers willing to work during pandemic but homeowners urged to follow guidance

plumbers willing to work during pandemic

Homeowners in need of plumbing work can breathe a sigh of relief, as the majority of plumbers (84 percent) have confirmed they are willing to work during the Coronavirus pandemic.
However, in the study conducted by the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) one in ten plumbers said customers are not observing the social distancing guidelines during visits, marking a cause of concern for some.
Whilst just over half (53%) felt current guidance on what constitutes as ‘emergency’ work is insufficient, leaving them to make their own decisions on what type of work to attend to, most (75 percent) are willing to tend to a burst pipe. The emergency jobs they are most willing to repair are:

Family owned plumbing merchant secures £1.5M CBILS loan from Ulster Bank

Plumbing merchant

Stevenson & Reid, a family-owned plumbing merchant employing 60 people in Northern Ireland, has secured £1.5million from Ulster Bank through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).
The company, which has branches across Northern Ireland, says that the funding will provide it with essential cashflow and help secure jobs while many of its construction sector clients are not operating.
Founded in 1980, Stevenson & Reid has expanded to become one of the largest independent plumbing merchants in Northern Ireland with branches in Newtownabbey, Belfast, Newry, Bangor, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Omagh, Cookstown and Londonderry.