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Options Skills Announce Partnership with Checkatrade

12 months free checkatrade membership banner for domestic gas training and domestic plumber training courses

Options Skills are proud to announce our partnership with Checkatrade. Established in 1998, Checkatrade has become the UK’s leading trade directory, with millions of people using them each year to find reputable tradespeople. And now, we’re excited to announce that not only can our students become members free of charge for twelve months, but existing […]

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Domestic Heating Systems Explained

Trainees working in domestic heating systems

Heat pump technologies work more effectively when coupled with correctly designed central heating systems. But, before discussing the system design for heat pumps, it is worth examining the common system types used for domestic wet systems. The descriptions below are simplified and meant as a rough guide only. Conventional Systems Conventional systems became affordable to […]

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Heating | Energy Saving Tips

Heating - Trainee working on boiler

Gas engineer and director of compliance at Options Skills, Dave Judge, shares how you can reduce your heating usage and bills this winter. With the ever-increasing rise in energy prices (Source: The Independent), it is prudent that everyone takes the time to ensure they are as energy conscious as possible. Heating your home can be […]

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How To Prevent and Treat Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipe

There are many things to consider for your home over the colder months, from saving money on energy bills to staying safe over Christmas. Another thing to add to that list is how to prevent frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can often lead to burst pipes, leaks and floods. Thankfully, you can take several preventative steps to […]

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Introducing Our Plumbing Training Centre

Tool wall in the Options Skills plumbing training centre

For the last few months, the team in the plumbing department have been working tirelessly to create a dedicated plumbing training centre. Options Skills Birmingham is located in central Birmingham in the Jubilee Centre, and the plumbing course will take place on the ground floor in a newly acquired unit. It was a completely blank canvas starting […]

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What Do Plumbers Really Think Of The Trade?

Trainee plumber screwing clip to the wall

We recently found out that plumbers are the happiest workers, so we’re now delving a little deeper, discovering what makes them tick and what plumbers really think of the trade. A recent survey carried out by Wavin has uncovered a wide range of things about the modern-day plumber. It’s clear that some things never change, but […]

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8 Things That Clog Your Pipes – As Told By Plumbers

clog your pipes

Plumbing can be messy, and it’s almost not worth imagining what plumbers encounter on an average day. All manner of things have been pulled out of pipes and drains, making you question how they got there in the first place. As well as the strange items, there are plenty of everyday things that clog your […]

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Plumbers Are The Happiest Workers In Britain

Plumbing students working with copper piping

There is nothing worse than spending your Sunday evening dreading the following morning. Monday’s are notorious for being the worst day of the week, but it appears not everyone feels that way about it. They say when you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life, which seems to be the case for […]

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15 Interesting Facts About Plumbing

Plumbing student working on piping

Plumbing is something people rarely think about – unless they’ve got a burst pipe or their boiler stops working – but there’s much more to plumbing than you may think. Do you know how long plumbing dates back? And you’ll never guess which famous music star was one a plumber’s apprentice. 15 interesting facts about […]

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