Survey confirms lack of competent engineers

Contractors say there is a scarcity of qualified engineers but only just over half carry out technical competence tests as part of their recruitment process.

The figures are revealed in a new survey by Daikin UK, conducted amongst its contractor customers ahead of the opening of the air conditioning supplier’s new technology and training centre in Woking.

Speaking at the official opening of the new facility, Dirk Slagmulder revealed that skills shortages and competition from cowboy competitors remain as the two biggest challenges to air conditioning and heating contractors today.

“The enormous importance of adequate training and “cowboy” competition are seen as biggest challenges today amongst HVAC installers, even ahead of recruitment and even ahead of business growth,” he told guests at the company’s new training facility …

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