Professional engineering body has been chosen to assess skills initiatives for newcomers entering the industry with all existing programmes expected to have been audited by October
The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) has been selected by the Strategic Management Board (SMB) to audit gas industry training programmes across the country.
IGEM has said that work was already underway to ensure that any training initiatives being offered to students and newcomers to the gas industry are able to meet standards set out in its training in gas work publication (IGEM/IG/1). The document has been chosen to serve as the basis for official industry guidance on installing and using gas systems and appliances.
All training programmes designed for new entrants to the gas industry are intended to be recognised by October of this year under these standards, according to the organisation.
IGEM will also be allowed to authorise other organisations to serve as ‘Recognisers of Training’ upon the successful completion of an audit as part of its responsibilities.
Training programmes recognised by IGEM will be authorised for a three-year period be required by all newcomers to the gas sector before they can undertake their ACS exams.
IGEM technical services head Ian McCluskey said that a majority of training and assessment programmes across the UK were meeting required standards, but some outliers did exist.
“There have been growing concerns in recent years that some ACS training programmes are not providing a sufficient depth of knowledge and experience for trainees to be reasonably declared competent.”
“In response, the industry is now taking steps to create a single, recognised route of training for new entrants to the gas industry who wish to pass their ACS assessment. It is hoped this new training pathway will mean any concerns over the quality of training being provided can be traced back to the training centre involved, allowing action to be taken if required.”