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LP Gas SME Network Created by UKLPG and E&U Skills

UKLPG, the trade association for the LP Gas industry, has joined forces with EU Skills, the licensed Sector Skills Council for the gas, power, waste management and water industries, to create an LP Gas small and medium-sized business (SME) employer led network.

The network, which was launched in October 2013, is designed to help facilitate growth in the LP Gas industry and presents an opportunity to develop business with assistance from government funding for the next 12 months.

Substantial funding, amounting to circa £1.2 million, was obtained by EU Skills last year from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) to establish a number of SME business networks in the LP Gas industry. UK government has identified the energy sector as one where growth and new jobs can be created and that SME businesses are vital in helping to deliver this development.

This partnership will also enable UKLPG to take ownership of LP Gas training and assessment in the UK and to develop a dedicated and consistent framework for standards, training and assessment, bespoke to the industry. Tailored training and evaluation courses will be designed to match the real-world needs of the industry, stakeholders, employers, employees and end users, all of whom will benefit from this robust new approach.

Neil Robertson, chief executive at EU Skills said: “The EU Skills LP Gas Network is about providing training support for growth to small and medium sized businesses working in the LP Gas industry in the UK. The network acts as an ‘industry expert’ for skills and training, representing companies who are producers, distributors, equipment providers, service providers and vehicle converters. This particular network has been created to identify training gaps in the LP Gas industry, source training providers and funding alternatives, transfer industry knowledge, create technical training, encourage apprenticeships and work placement schemes, while delivering growth to small businesses in the sector.”

Rob Shuttleworth, chief executive of the UKLPG, said: “I believe that this dedicated LP Gas network presents a significant opportunity for businesses within the LP Gas industry. UKLPG now has a Memorandum of Understanding with EU Skills to develop the network and secure a range of benefits available for employers working within the LP Gas industry.

“A key aspect of the network is to help small and medium sized businesses to access information, recruitment support, and shape training for the industry. The network will allow the entire LP Gas industry to look at a framework for apprenticeships at national level, as well as developing training modules to improve competency and establishing the best opportunities for further progressing the industry over the next five years. In addition, the network will enable UKLPG to look at distance learning options and implement them as part of ongoing training requirements for the entire LP Gas industry.”

To join please visit the network web page click here