Wavin Plastics, the UK’s leading provider of water management solutions, is helping students who want to pursue careers as plumbers and heating engineers. Over the past 12 months the company has produced a series of installation guides based around its OSMA underfloor heating systems. As well as students, the guides target apprentice and professional trades people.

Spokersperson for Wavin Plastics, Denise O’Leary, said: “As a company we support educational institutions in their strategies for improving students’ learning experiences. By liaising directly with them, we can help identify priorities and advise on innovative practices within the water management arena. These installation guides have been developed as part of our drive to simplify both the selection of Under Floor Heating (UFH) and its use. Thousands of young people enter engineering and plumbing professions every year and it is important the most relevant up-to-date information is available to them.”

OSMA Underfloor Heating offers five easy to install systems, making it simple for installers to choose the right one for any project. The five systems include three for screeded floors: Staples, System Plates and Pocketed Polystyrene and two for timber floors: Foiled Polystyrene and Modular Chipboard.

Wavin collaborates with educational institutions in many different areas in a variety of ways. An example of this is the productive working relationship the company has with SNG Publishing which is responsible for HIP! magazine, issued three times a year to final year heating engineer and plumbing students at colleges across the country.

Through HIP! magazine, Wavin has been able to issue useful product information in a variety of formats. A CD detailing the company’s innovative approach to water management was distributed earlier this year, while there has also been a special insert on Underfloor Heating and a handy pocket-sized step-by-step guide for installing UFH onto screeded floors.

Managing Director at SNG Publishing Ltd, Celia Matthews, said: “Since the magazine was launched in September 2006, Wavin’s contribution to the success of HIP! has been invaluable. Wavin Plastics is one of the most respected and knowledgeable companies serving the trade. The company brings first class expertise to the table and its contributions are very relevant to the needs of final year students and apprentices.”

Denise concludes: “Through partnerships with publications like HIP! Wavin is supporting the next generation of trades people.”