Heating and building specialists H&A Mechanical Services expects to take on around 20 new employees after being appointed as a manager of the government’s Warm Homes Scheme.
Following a successful tendering process, Magherafelt-based H&A and Bryson Charitable Group were appointed the scheme managers by the Department for Social Development.
The Warm Homes Scheme is the Department’s primary tool in tackling fuel poverty. It has been refocused and will target people on low incomes who need help to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, in particular targeting householders in receipt of a qualifying benefit with no central heating, solid fuel heating, Economy 7 or Liquid Petroleum Gas heating.
H&A said it envisages the need for two new managers, eight more administration personnel to provide a call centre facility and referral network, four survey and inspection staff and six installation personnel over the next few months.
“The current economic climate provides difficult but challenging trading conditions, however, the award of a contract of this size, complexity and longevity provides us with the confidence to invest in several key areas of our business,” the company said in a statement.
H&A has completed in excess of 10,000 heating, plumbing and insulation installations for customers in Northern Ireland since its formation in 1993.