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Take a day off the tools

June 26, 2019

What can training courses offer a time served heating and plumbing engineer? Here, we take a look at why they might just be worth a day off the tools.

Become better at running your business

When thinking about training, you might automatically think about practical training, but there is also a range of courses to help you in the day to day running of your business. Organisations, such as Pitman offer a number of one-day seminars that range from budgeting for small businesses, to social media for business. If you’re looking to improve your ‘softer’ business skills, then short business courses such as these are ideal.

There are a vast number of training courses designed to help those running small and medium-sized enterprises, so it’s important to do your research. Try and assess what you’re specifically weak at and look for a course tailored to that topic. For example, if you struggle completing tax returns and want to become more efficient at the process, HM Revenue & Customs offer e-learning courses and webinars that will help.

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Keep on top of legislative changes

Most installers will be aware that the sector is subject to regular changes in legislation. Trying to keep on top of these changes can be difficult, especially if you don’t have the time to research the subject. Fortunately, many leading manufacturers now offer this form of training course. Attending one of these courses helps installers to better ensure their work is all above board.

For Simon Morris, Marketing Manager at The Radiator Company, who also offers installers courses on designer radiators, training that focusses on legislative changes can make a huge difference. He commented: “Building Legislation is continuously evolving in response to industry requirements and public feedback. If installers aren’t keeping on top of these changes, or best practice installation and specification advice, they could find themselves falling behind competitors. To ensure customer satisfaction and compliance, it is absolutely worthwhile for installers to take time to educate themselves on the market and future-proof themselves.”

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Introduce new technologies, boost margins

Additionally, training courses are a fantastic opportunity to get hands-on with any new technology in the sector. Being up to date with new innovations is a great differentiator and can set you apart from your competitors. What’s more, customers are likely to pay more for the latest products, so there’s more margin in the job for you. Undertaking a training course allows you to quickly get up to speed with any new developments.

Undoubtedly, there are a huge number of great training courses on offer to installers wanting to keep up to date. Whether it’s to become better at running your business, get the lowdown on some innovative technology or find out about legislative updates, there’s much to be gained from taking advantage of what’s on offer.

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