No more gas boilers? The workforce helping make the shift

Date
4/11/2021
Our Insight
Case Study

From gas boiler installer to heat pump installer

The UK government is committed to reducing our national carbon footprint by moving away from gas boilers, announcing recently that there are to be no new gas boilers sold after 2035.

Reaching this point hasn’t been straightforward, with reports from the Climate Change Committee stating: “The chopping and changing of UK Government policy has led to a skills gap in housing design, construction and in the installation of new technologies”.

A viable alternative to gas boilers also needs to be found.

Heat pumps

One leading answer is the use of ground and air source heat pumps. Broadly speaking, these work in the same way as a fridge, albeit in reverse! Using (hopefully renewably-sourced) electricity, they pump heat from the outside environment into the home.

A workforce capable of supporting the transition

130,000 people currently work in gas boilers installation and maintenance.

We have researched how to upskill or reskill these professionals to ensure their future employability and help the UK reach its climate goals; in effect, plotting out a viable career change for current domestic gas engineers.

Our approach

Enginuity uses cutting-edge machine learning which enables us to integrate different skills data. This means, regardless of how the skill is written, we can take value out of numerous sources:

  1. Gas engineers job profiles
  2. Gas engineers job adverts
  3. Learning outcomes from both gas and heat pump qualifications
  4. Apprenticeship standards
  5. CVs from current gas engineers

Overlapping skills

Customer focus, attention to detail and professionalism were key behaviours that will not change during the transition to heat pumps.

Additionally, qualifications such as Gas Safe, unvented hot water systems, and non-refrigerant circuit knowledge are passed across.

Missing skills

Key to the upskilling work is specific heat pump product installation and maintenance knowledge. These are dictated by the manufacturers but Enginuity found a host of level 3 awards that would ensure well rounded knowledge.

Enginuity used personal information (CVs) and so it produces personalised learning objectives for current domestic gas engineers.

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