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Energy Prices Hikes Will Make Us All Go Green


It's obvious that winter is approaching. Over the last few days we're being hit with yet more inflation busting price hikes from the major energy suppliers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24607242 Of course there are many reasons for this, the energy companies will list dozens of reasons why everything is beyond their control. This is of little comfort to the rest of us that have see energy bills increase beyond all recognition in recent years. There's lot's of talk about moving suppliers ...

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How safe is your home? Shocking New Survey


A new survey by Gas Safe Register – the UK’s gas safety body has revealed that 1 in 6 homes or approximately 4.2 million households has an ‘unsafe’ gas appliance for full report click here. Unsafe gas appliances put homeowners and tenants at risk from a number of dangers that include fire, gas leaks, explosion or carbon monoxide poisoning. Gas Safety Awareness being given an increased profile over the years, originally through CORGI and in recent through the Gas Safe Register. So why d...

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British Gas Offers Insulation Incentive


In a bid to reach Government insulation targets, British Gas is now offering £50 to anyone who recommends a vulnerable family member, friend or neighhbour for free loft and cavity wall insulation. In order to qualify as "vulnerable", the referred individual must be on pension credit, certain income-related benefits or receiving child tax credit, and have an income of less than £16,190. When the insulation has been installed, the referrer will then receive a further £50 and there is no limit t...

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The Importance of Gas Safe Training


Having the right training is imperative for a career in the gas fitting trade and without the right expertise and qualifications, you could put both customers and yourself at risk. This week, a Milton Keynes plumber was handed a three month community order and instructed to pay a £475 fine for endangering a household with illegal boiler installation and irresponsible maintenance. Christopher Johnson, trading as C&H Services, installed a boiler at a residential property in April 2010 a...

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UK Governments Autumn Statement brings good news for Small Businesses


Yesterday the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced a number of initiatives to stimulate the growth of small to medium sized businesses by getting “credit flowing” and Britain building. Osborne said the government "will invest in funds that lend directly to these businesses, in partnership with other investors like pension funds and insurance companies". This will offer companies "a new source of investment outside the traditional banks". With the likelihood of banks ...

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Recently Qualified Plumbing Course Trainee Looking Forward to New Career!


James Aubrey became a qualified plumber on 27th October after completing his 6189 Plumbing Diploma and Part P scheme. He also completed our free new start support training to help him find a job and has contacted us with good news. Below is James' story as told by Maria Truman our Business Development Mentor: After being made redundant James decided he wanted to be a plumber. He did a lot of research on the various ways he could train; a two year college course, home study while working o...

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UKs Vocational Courses Win Gold at World Skills London 2011


Vocational training Trainees from all over the world came to London last month to compete in the World Skills games with the UK winning a number of medals. Also dubbed the “Skills Olympics” the 41st World Skills event took place at London’s ExCel Centre to an audience of over 138,000 people. The Competitors, all trainees on vocational courses under the age of 25, took part in events in their chosen field, from plumbing and heating to chocolate making, to be awarded gold silver and bron...

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Npower hit with £2 million Fine


Npower, one of the UKs big six energy firms, have been handed a £2 million fine for breaching customer complaint regulations. An investigation found Npower had failed to record, not only, all of the required details regarding complaints from homeowners and small businesses but issues were also found with the efficiency of complaint handling in the investigation lead by Ofgem. “Consumers have a right to expect that energy companies will comply with the standards,” said Sarah Harrison, ...

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Gas Safety Week Coming Soon


The Gas Safe Registers first “Gas Safety Week” is coming September 12th and is a going to be a great way to let the public know the importance of being Gas Safe and using Gas Safe registered engineers. This initiative is supported by the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) and will receive a big push from both companies to the public to raise awareness of gas safety. This will include: National advertising campaigns Working with large organisations such as B&a...

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New Start Support begins with success!


We’ve just completed our first New Start Support in Manchester and the feedback has been excellent! Our first group of trainees were an interesting mix; from people just about to make the step into Self Employment to ones already running successful multi million pound business. All of them felt the course was very useful. Pauline Bowers (6128 Plumbing Professional) was really happy with the way the course delivered and was struck by ‘the importance of planning and preparat...

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Warm Front Grants Will Increase Demand For Relevant Plumbing Training


The UK governments Warm Front grants scheme is expected to increase the demand for people who have taken relevant plumbing training or gas courses. The Warm Front grants have been introduced by the government to provide funding for insulation, heating and boilers and are aimed at people on disability or certain income related benefits. The grants provide funding of up to £3,500 for regular household heating. The Scheme was launched last year and very quickly allocated its entire budget. ...

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Gas Safety – BBC to Raise Awareness of Boiler Safety


BBC One Soap EastEnders is to combat the issue of boiler protection and gas safety this week, with the show delving into the problems of not getting your boiler repaired or checked for gas safety on a regular basis. The character Heather Trott, played by Cheryl Fergison, is unable to afford to service her boiler missing out on gas safety checks. This leads to the unfortunate scenario of Heather passing out due to carbon monoxide (CO) exposure. With EastEnders attracting audiences of over ...

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Business Start Up – Introducing New Start Support


NEW START SUPPORT is RF Training's latest addition to its Electrician, Plumbing and Gas Fitting courses to help you go it alone with a business start up. Headed up by Maria Truman, RF Training launch their first 2 day business start up seminar at the beginning of March. Maria, our Business and Personal Development Mentor with over 25 years 'real world' experience, said "The timing for a business start up couldn't be better. The Daily Mail described the shortage of qualified tradesman as...

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Plumbers Prosecuted for Illegal Gas Work


In order to avoid hefty legal bills, and save lives, it is important for any plumber who wants to work with gas appliances, such as installing boilers, to be a Gas Safe registered engineer. Something these plumbers didn’t do when going to work in people’s homes. Plumbers from Hertfordshire and Middlesex have recently been sentenced for working illegally on domestic gas appliances. When installing a boiler in a property the boiler had not been adjusted to run on liquefied petroleum...

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Green Deal Creates Demand for Heating Engineers


The demand for trusted heating engineers and fitters is set to begin rising in 2011 as the coalition government’s Green Deal is put in place. This is good news for anyone wanting to become a heating engineer – especially because RF Training offers heating engineer and GAS Safe courses. The Green Deal offers households funding to increase their energy efficiency and is due to be implemented in late 2011. The Green Deal is set up for consumers to save money on their bills and reduce the U...

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DIY mistakes costly to the British public.


This is Money reports that DIY mistakes have cost the general public £235m over the last 12 months according to research by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. "One in ten people have forked out up to £500 each to fix their own 'handywork' after they attempted to carry out work in their home, according to research by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks." The article also goes on to mention how research shows "Almost 14m households employ tradesmen to carry out work in their home in the last yea...

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Construction and Trade Industry Expected to see Improvements in Health & Safety


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has signed an agreement with the Building Control Alliance (BCA), in a proposal to work more closely to improve health and safety standards in the construction industry. Construction industry has been one of Britain’s most dangerous industries. It has caused some worker serious damage over the past 25 years. To stop this tragedy an agreement was signed to see how HSE and building control professionals can work together by advising the construction...

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Moving Forward with Vocational Training


The managing director of EMTA Awards Limited (EAL), Ann Watson has reported that the increase of university fees will lead many to consider applying for vocational training. She stated: ‘University is becoming more and more expensive, and a time will come when a degree becomes an option many people simply can’t afford.’ She continued: ‘At a time when graduate fees and living costs are rising and leading to worrying levels of debt, there is a duty for schools and colleges to infor...

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RF Gains Preferred Supplier Status with the MoD


RF Training are proud to announce that following a rigorous selection process that Preferred Supplier Status has been granted with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP). The Career Transition Partnership is the name given to a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management that provides career transition services as part of the resettlement process for eligible service leavers. For more information please refer to the CTP website at www.ctp.org.uk RF Training...

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