The PHSP launched its business plan at an event held in Derby on 29 June. The UK-wide Strategic group endorsed the plans for the remainder of 2017 and appointed Mr George Thomson as Chairman of the group.
A second-generation plumber, George has worked in the plumbing industry for over 40 years. He is currently involved in his family owned business called ‘The Shower Doctor’, which is based in Edinburgh.
At the event George Thomson stated;
“The skills agenda across the UK has changed dramatically over the last few years, putting the emphasis on the ownership of skills to the industry themselves. The PHSP was established to fill a void left by SummitSkills to ensure the skills needs of the UK plumbing and domestic heating industry are met”.
He also clarified what the role and focus of the PHSP is;
“The PHSP is a new skills partnership and aims to support essential skills development activity to ensure that appropriate and consistent standards, qualifications and apprenticeships continue to be available across the UK. The key priority for 2017 is to support the development activity of the Plumbing and Domestic Heating trailblazer apprenticeship for England”.
He concluded by saying;
“There will be another PHSP UK event held later this year. We will be inviting a wide range of stakeholders, who share a common passion and enthusiasm for vocational training and skills development and are willing to work in collaboration with others for the benefit of the plumbing industry”.
The ‘Plumbing and Heating Skills Partnership’ website will be available soon, in the meantime please contact any of the following if you would like further details: