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What's changing with PQP cards?

From the 30th of June 2023, PQP cards will only be available to applicants that are a part of one of the approved professional bodies. There is a list available to the public of all 63 CSCS-approved professional bodies to check whether you are on the approved list.

If you are a part of an approved body on the above list, you can continue to apply for your PQP card through your organisation. The changes that are coming into place will only affect those who are not a part of the approved bodies on the list.

 

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What's changing with PQP cards?

From the 30th of June 2023, PQP cards will only be available to applicants that are a part of one of the approved professional bodies. There is a list available to the public of all 63 CSCS-approved professional bodies to check whether you are on the approved list.

If you are a part of an approved body on the above list, you can continue to apply for your PQP card through your organisation. The changes that are coming into place will only affect those who are not a part of the approved bodies on the list.

 

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Skilled tradesman working on a radiatior

Earlier this year in January, The House of Commons had their initial debate over the skills and labour shortages that were apparent within the UK economy.

Previous research conducted by the ONS in late 2022 revealed that 13.3% of businesses currently have a shortage of workers. One of the industries that has been effected most by the skills shortage is the construction industry, with 20.7% of all construction businesses being impacted by the current skills shortages.

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A good tradesman working on scaffolding

 To be a good tradesman, you must possess the following skills/qualities:

  1. Highly punctual and reliable

  2. Strong communication skills

  3. Comfortable working in a team

  4. Resilient

  5. Up to date with industry knowledge and regulations

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Mental Health Awareness Week takes place in the UK from Monday 15th May - Sunday 21st May. To raise awareness about mental health issues in the trades, Ironmongery Direct submit a yearly report in collaboration with the mental health charity, Mind, to reveal important and shocking statistics about mental health in the trade industry. 

In this blog, we'll break down the key findings of their insightful report in an attempt to make mental health support more accessible to our students in the trade industry.

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There's nothing quite like coming home and feeling proud of the work you've done for the day. For most tradesmen, this is a daily occurrence! According to multiple studies conducted over the years, workers in the skilled trades tend to have higher levels of job satisfaction in comparison to others. 

In this blog, we'll take a look at why job satisfaction is so high for workers in the skilled trades. From builders and plumbers to electricians and gas engineers, there are many reasons for all tradesmen to be proud of what they do. 

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what trades are in demand

 

Skilled trade jobs are in more demand than ever due to multiple societal issues, such as the UK housing crisis and a nationwide skills shortage due to the after-effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read on to find out what trade is most in demand in the UK, and why.

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If you're an adult and looking for a new career path or you'd like to expand your existing skill set, our apprenticeships for adults could be the perfect option for you! We offer a variety of apprenticeships which will enable you to become a gas engineer, electrician or a plumber. 

The possibilities are endless. All you need to do is get started! Who knows? It could be the best decision you ever make...

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Are construction workers in demand

New research has recently revealed that 83% of businesses within the construction industry are currently feeling the strain from a lack of skilled workers.

This has left many people wondering whether construction workers are in demand now more than ever due to the construction skills shortage.

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How to become a plumber

The traditional route to becoming a plumber in the UK is through a plumbing apprenticeship, typically straight after completing your secondary education, although it’s never too late to retrain as a plumber! This is of course a brilliant option, but there are actually several paths available to prospective plumbers. These include:

  • Enrolling at a technical university or trade school
  • Taking a fast-track course
  • Working as a plumber’s assistant

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