New training centre targets skills shortage in the construction industry

The largest apprenticeships provider in Staffordshire has created a £100,000 state-of-the-art centre dedicated to training gas and plumbing engineers.

PM Training, in Stoke-on-Trent, is expanding its offer in a bid to help fill the skills shortage in the construction industry.

The new centre boasts practical work areas and classrooms to accommodate up to 32 gas and plumbing apprentices at a time.

It will also offer bespoke commercial courses for businesses looking for adult training.

Dan Canavan, Director of Operations, said: “This is a not just a place for apprentices, but a place to upskill workers with industry recognised qualifications too.

“We already work with 1,200 employers within a 20-mile radius of Stoke-on-Trent so we have already established strong links with local businesses.

“Some of the biggest construction companies in the country have had to turn contracts down because they don’t have enough skilled workers. There is a skills shortage and that goes alongside the fact that the gas and plumbing sector is an ageing industry.

“House-building is at the fastest it has been since 2010, so we need more and more gas engineers and plumbers who can go onto sites and assess the boilers, the bathrooms and everything else that goes with it.

“We hope this new facility will go some way towards filling that gap.”

PM Training has partnered with sponsors Vaillant to create the centre which offers Level 2 and Level 3 NVQs in domestic plumbing and heating, ACS accredited courses for industry engineers and BPEC accredited specialist courses.

For more information on the courses or apprenticeships please call PM Training on 01782 279121.