We have plumb into quality

13th February 2004 at 00:00
In response to your article "Too many plumbers in the pipeline' (TES, January 30) I am compelled to point out that this is only covering half the story.

As with any "production" issue, it is not just about quantity. It is equally important to ensure the highest quality. Surely we all recognise that what is needed is well-qualified, competent plumbers, not simply plumbers en masse.

The country needs plumbers that have been properly trained not only via completing a college course but also through work-based training programmes such as a Modern Apprenticeship.

This is precisely what SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building services engineering, is aiming to provide by working with government departments, employers, colleges and training organisations right across the board.

Finally, in response to the last question "Can anyone recommend a good electrician?" Yes, and with the efforts of SummitSkills there will be even more competent, good quality electricians available.

For further information log on to: www.summitskills.org.uk

Keith Marshall Chief executive Summit Skills Sector Skills Council for building services engineering Gear House Saltmeadows Road Gateshead

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