Ellis Training Works (ETW) has just seen its 1000th candidate pass the City & Guilds 2079 F Gas qualification, however the company has warned of the continuing lack of take-up.
It reports that with deadline looming deadline there has been a surge in candidates wishing to train, but some engineers are still unaware of their obligations under the legislation.
“We have finally reached the dizzy heights by successfully training and assessing our 1000th F Gas candidate. It has taken us about twice as long to reach this figure as we originally anticipated, probably for one or more of the following reasons:
- The economic climate is not helping by creating uncertainty among employers and delaying decisions about expenditure and staff levels for the next few months
- Confusion about the difference between the ‘Interim qualifications’ and the ‘F Gas qualifications’ leading people to think that since they have an ‘Interim F Gas qualification’ they do not need to do anything further
- The deadline is not until July 2011 which still seems a long way off
“People are starting to get organised now but it is difficult to see how everybody that needs to qualify can do so by the deadline. There is confusion about how many people need the qualification so it is quite difficult to assess just what the scale of the problem might be when people and companies are un-certified come 4th July 2011.”
“As operators and end-users become more aware of their own legal obligations they will in turn apply more pressure on their contractors to fulfil their obligations. Good news for all those who are already qualified, but surely added pressure for those still to qualify.”
1000th customer Bob Moody, of Mastercool based in Romford, Essex, said: “I’m obviously thrilled to be qualified,” said Bob. “The training I received from ETW really was outstanding and I would urge anybody who has not yet done so to sign up quickly.”