Survey of 1200 companies in six countries finds UK is mid-table in Europe on amount of training, but far out front on taking online courses
A survey of European HVAC installation companies has found that 16 per cent of UK installers aren’t doing any training at all. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the European Mechanical Installation Monitor survey by the UTC Consultancy found that Germany was top of the table - with just 2 per cent not undertaking any training. Polish installers were next in the league, wiht 8 per cent not attending training.
In more of a shock result, Dutch installers were at the bottom of the table - 32 per cent said they do not attend any trainings at all. The six-country quarterly survey found that the largest volume of training attended was provided by manufacturers. Joining the UK in mid-table was Belgium on 16 per cent and Italy on 18 per cent.
UTC points out that training take up depends on budget, time and practical necessity and that German training is ‘relatively often completely free of charge for the installation companies.’ The consultancy added: “Also the education level at schools (before installers start to work ‘in real life’) and the extent to which installers ‘learn on the job site’ play a role with respect to the training on offer in a country. So these results do not stand alone, but still the differences between the countries are quite remarkable.”
Interestingly, the UK is far and away the biggest fan of taking its training from professional training companies, with 71 per cent taking training from third parties, compared to just 20 per cent in Germany. And the UK tops the table on taking online courses, leading Europe by a distance: Almost a fifth of installers, 19 per cent, take online course, far ahead of the next highest, Germany at 5 per cent.