Young adults in Hampshire are being asked to explore opportunities in the heating industry, amid concerns over a workforce deficit.

The call comes as part of National Careers Week, which runs from March 4-9.

A recent report by the Government indicates a near five per cent decline in apprenticeships starting in 2022/23. Adolescents under 19 account for just over 23 per cent of the fresh inductees.

The registration body and training provider for off-grid heating technicians, OFTEC, is promoting the merits of entering the heating sector.

It claims the industry offers a host of benefits, including skill acquisition, practical on-the-job experience, and the ability to earn an income while learning.

David Knipe, training manager at OFTEC, said: "With the rising cost of university tuition fees, apprenticeships are a highly credible further education option and a great route into future employment. 

"To support new entrants, one year’s free OFTEC registration is available to those who have successfully completed an apprenticeship in a relevant trade and have taken the OFTEC assessments.

“To deliver the transition to greener heating, we need more people entering the industry to help drive this change. That’s why OFTEC continues to expand its training for both renewable liquid fuels and heat pumps so technicians are equipped for the future.”