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Lack of training could damage relationships with HVACR workforce

According to research from specialist recruitment consultancy, WR HVACR, just 39 percent of professionals working within the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) sector believe they have the opportunity to develop professionally with their current employer, despite incoming legislative changes looking set to have an impact on future skills demand.

While the introduction of new laws, such as those concerning refrigeration gas emissions, will require a level of retraining across the sector, the survey of 5,548 employees found that only 39 percent of respondents believe there are opportunities to learn and grow with their existing company. In addition, just 43 percent said they receive sufficient training to do a good job.

Despite this, workforces across the sector maintain overwhelming loyalty to their profession, with 90 percent of those polled indicating they are proud to work in the industry.

Similarly, 85 percent of respondents – which included refrigeration engineers, thermodynamics engineers and product development specialists – agreed that work is an important part of their life.

Commenting on the findings, Lewis Richards, director of WR HVACR, said: “It’s fantastic to see that such a high proportion of those working across HVACR are clearly engaged and motivated in their jobs. However, employers must take note of the fact that many don’t feel they have the opportunity to excel in their current role.

“Environmental considerations are continuing to impact not only day-to-day practices, but also the feasibility of long-established business models, across HVACR. As a result, savvy employers are already reconsidering the skills they will need in the medium to long term in order to future-proof their businesses.

“The majority of the jobseekers we work with are looking to land in a role where they can develop professionally – and companies which don’t offer adequate training risk losing the most capable people to their competitors.”

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