The findings show a shifting industry, with 54% of respondents thinking about upskilling into renewables and low-carbon heating technologies.
Set against the backdrop of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, Logic4training was keen to find out how installers felt about government plans to accelerate the take-up of heat pumps and other renewables – 44% planned to develop their business as a result of this scheme.
Of the 54% who said they had started to upskill into renewables or planned to soon, heat pump training was by far the most popular technology (91%) but installers also expressed an interest in solar thermal (47%) and solar PV (26%).
Installers also reported a shift in consumer interest, with 59% stating that their customers were asking more questions about renewables and low-carbon technologies.
The installers who did not intend to upskill (55%) stated a lack of confidence in government schemes as the main reason. Tradespeople have been bitten before by ill-thought-out consumer incentives and the survey results reflected this: only 38% of installers saw the imminent Boiler Upgrade Scheme as a positive move.
· 83% would recommend a career in building services to someone leaving school
· 71% of building services installers feel a career in gas is a good choice
· 54% plan to or have already trained in heat pumps or renewables
· 59% said their customers were asking more questions about low-carbon heating
· 38% think the Boiler Upgrade Scheme is a positive move
· 44% plan to develop their business due to the Boiler Upgrade Scheme