The CORGI Trust has proposed running a new pilot programme which places trainees with installers. The gas watchdog intends to use the programme to help ram home its carbon monoxide (CO) safety message.
Nigel Dumbrell, trust manager of CORGI Trust outlined the plans, saying that it was trying to achieve funding for one year.
“We want to engage with installers to prevent CO deaths,” said Mr Dumbrell. “This is part of the plan. The proposed scheme is currently being considered by the CORGI Trust and its partners.”
CORGI said it envisages the pilot programme beginning in a home county in partnership with two other organisations, including a government body, and would potentially offer training for 140 school leavers.
The funding would allow a trainee to work with a qualified CORGI registered installer and a mentor would be provided to help support both the trainee and the installer.
It is suggested that the home county organisation would fund an initial four weeks. The CORGI Trust would look to fund 13 weeks and the government body would fund six months.
The trainees would be paid approximately £80 per week.
The scheme does not guarantee a job, but would be designed to provide trainees with valuable training with an experienced professional that will set them up in their careers.
If the pilot scheme was successful, it could then be extended nationwide.