Research reveals 74% of tradespeople are upskilling

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New research from Direct Line business insurance has found that 74% of tradespeople have upskilled themselves, enabling them to install green technology for clients.

This comes as 79% respondents said that they have seen increasing demand from people to install greener technology in their homes.

Demand for greener technology in homes is being driven by a number of factors, a statement said. The research also found that 38% of tradespeople believe that people are looking for more economical technology to help save more due to the energy crisis and the increasing cost of living.

Other key factors driving demand include the idea that energy efficiency can increase the value of homes, 37%, the desire to futureproof homes as we move away from gas and oil reliance, 31%, having more accessible and convenient electric vehicle (EV) charging, 30%, as well as complying with the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), 28%, which requires landlords to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E or above in their properties. Further factors include the general desire to be more environmentally-friendly, 25%, and the availability of government incentives such as grants, tax credits or rebates, 23%.

A total of 39% of tradespeople have seen increased demand for Wi-Fi and smart lighting installations.

Tradespeople are conscious of the benefits of upskilling, according to Direct line. Over a third, 37%, said it will create opportunities for a greater array of work, 34% said upskilling will make them more employable, or that they are future proofing their business and workforce. A further 33% said that they are upskilling to meet client demands.

Despite the benefits, tradespeople are also facing barriers to upskilling. Almost a third, 30%, find that there is enough work out there without needing to upskill, while 21% do not believe it will give them an advantage, 21%, lack the time to upskill, and almost a fifth are not able to afford upskilling at all.

Alison Traboulsi, product manager at Direct Line, said: “With ambitious net zero targets, the skills required to install green technology will be in huge demand in the coming years. It is encouraging to see the majority of tradespeople taking proactive steps to expand their skills set to meet this growing demand. By upskilling themselves, they are demonstrating their commitment to supporting customers in their transition to greener technology.”

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