Independent plumbing and heating merchant Williams & Co has opened a new training facility next to its trade counter in Portsmouth.
Williams & Co has set up CertifiTraining.com in partnership with local training business The Gas Safe Corporation to provide courses for gas engineers.
Boiler manufacturer Main has donated the boilers and cylinders for delegates to work on, and will be able to use the centre to deliver free product training to Main installers in the area.
Williams & Co managing director Ray Stafford says: “Our customers are nearly all one-man bands and it is difficult for them to take enough time off the tools to do all the gas exams that are required. We have tried to make the courses as flexible as possible for them, for example having early 7am starts, so they can cover more in a day and therefore take fewer days to do the assessments.
“The beauty of having the training company attached to the trade counter is that we can book installers in for training when it suits them, rather than them having to plan it in weeks or even months in advance,” he says.
“We sell training packages through all Williams branches, in the same way as we sell boilers and plumbing accessories. Installers buy a card voucher with a unique serial number. Then all they have to do is call to arrange their course.”
Williams & Co chairman Mick Williams was the driving force behind the successful campaign for the Boiler Scrappage Scheme, announced by Labour Chancellor Alastair Darling in December 2009.