No need to panic about the future of gas

Following the announcement of a the government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy, Mark Krull, MD of LCL Awards, has called for calm among gas installers  – arguing that for those who want a career as a low-carbon heating engineer, gas installer training remains the best place to start.

Speaking on behalf of the training and certification company, he points out that traditional heating qualifications are often pre-requisites to heat pump and renewables training and leading industry authorities agree that the market will rely on those with existing skills. While the government will be providing funding to replace old gas boilers with heat pumps, those with heating and hot water qualifications are in the best position to take advantage of the transition to low-carbon technologies when the time is right for them. He also highlights that fact that the work available for qualified gas engineers is unlikely to dry up any time soon.

“We have around 22 million gas-heated homes in the UK – appliances which will require safety checks, maintenance and repairs for many years to come,” says Mark.  “There are around 1.7 million new gas boiler installations every year with a life span of 15-20 years. At the moment, this compares with just 35,000 heat pump installations; even if this increased to 600,000, that still leaves over a million gas boilers required to meet heating demand.

“We are living through a time of great change – political, social, technological and environmental. What we’ve seen since recently, particularly since the start of the pandemic, is the media reporting something, often speculative, and everyone panicking – buying excessive amounts of toilet rolls or filling up their cars to beat a largely avoidable fuel shortage.

“The same is true in our industry. Taken at face value, some media noise about the rapid expansion of the heat pump market and developments in hydrogen may cause concern to those considering training a career as a Gas Safe registered engineer. However, you don’t have to look too far beyond the headlines to see that gas engineering offers a prosperous career now that opens many doors to ongoing success in a low-carbon future.”

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