Training centre and YouTuber collaborate to raise industry standards

Viva Training Academy has joined forces with gas installer YouTuber, Allen Hart, to create useful tips and advice videos for would-be and existing heating engineers, as well as a Facebook group where members can ask questions and share experiences.

With nearly 30,000 followers and over 87 million hits, Allen has become something of a building services sensation on YouTube. His practical how-to videos and product reviews have garnered the attention of gas installers and plumbers throughout the UK.

Since joining forces with Viva, Allen’s videos have made use of the training provider’s state of the art centre based in Halifax, and Viva’s expert trainers. Allen, who also runs CCH Leeds, a plumbing and heating business, features Viva trainees in his videos, some of whom are completing work placements with CCH as part of the portfolio element of Viva’s Managed Learning Programme (MLP) for new entrants to the gas industry.

Allen is determined to raise industry standards, and says his videos are designed to educate householders as well as new gas engineers.

“Working with Viva is the icing on the cake for me,” says Allen. “I’m delighted to be helping Richard Firth [Viva’s MD] in all he’s doing to support new people coming into the industry. I hope we can continue working together to promote the very highest standards and ensure those coming into the industry are properly trained and fit for purpose.”

Richard Firth, MD for Viva, adds: “Allen is a great asset to Viva and we are thrilled to be part of his campaign to educate and support our industry. Like Allen, we’re committed to raising standards, as well as embracing the way people communicate and gain knowledge in the modern world.

“Video content and YouTube have become an extremely important way for people to access information, and by creating an online community through this and other social media platforms like Facebook, we can provide advice, connect people and promote quality and integrity – to Viva trainees and beyond.

“Throughout lockdown, we embraced virtual learning so candidates could at least keep up with the theory element of their training, and we will continue to use this and other digital means to ensure our training remains relevant and accessible to today’s learners.”

Allen Hart and Viva’s videos are available to access here.

Or on Allen’s YoutTube channel.

To join Viva and Allen’s Facebook group, click here.

Viva Training Academy delivers a range of LCL Awards building services engineering qualifications, including Gas ACS, domestic electrical training, F-Gas and new entrants courses. www.vivatrainingacademy.co.uk

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