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A South African first – Digital Plumber Coaching Programme

SqwidNet, the one licensed Sigfox operator in South Africa, has partnered with the nation’s main plumbing physique, the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA), to launch a South African first: The Digital Plumber Coaching Programme.

This distinctive coaching programme was developed in collaboration with Macrocomm, an IoT (Web of Issues) firm, and Ontec (a number one utility companies supplier) to offer plumbers with the digital abilities and sensible know-how required to embrace the digital period, advance their buyer providing and develop their enterprise.

“Plumbers sit on the forefront of the water challenges at present going through South Africa, however only some know the way digital options can eradicate many of those challenges,” stated Phathizwe Malinga, managing director of SqwidNet. “This coaching programme is designed to empower plumbers to allow them to digitise their present service to their clients, commercially evolve their choices, and drive adoption of sensible water options.”

The Digital Plumber Coaching Programme designed by Macrocomm’s Sensible Academy consists of two modules: A Technical and Set up Module, and a Private Promoting Module.

The Private Promoting module provides uniqueness and depth to the programme by focussing on the propositioning and enterprise acumen facets wanted by plumbers to develop their enterprise mannequin, and confidently articulate the digital-solution worth to clients.

IOPSA and the Plumbing Trade Registration Physique (PIRB) have accredited the programme and awarded 4 CPD (Persevering with Skilled Growth) factors to the Technical and Set up module, and three CPD factors to the Private Promoting Module. Plumbers require 25 CPD factors per yr to take care of their skilled registration with PIRB.

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This programme helps and promotes the continual improvement of the plumber’s abilities and data; providing plumbers a novel approach to stay related and compliant with registration necessities. This coaching programme was initially developed as a hands-on, in-class programme, has subsequently been tailored to an internet programme to go well with the brand new rules put in place as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

“We crafted a specialised providing for plumbers that’s designed to offer them the abilities, understanding, and experience they should develop their market share and provide their clients new and creative options,” stated Nick Joubert, Nationwide Coaching Supervisor at IOPSA. “They’ll use the abilities that they be taught within the programme to create consumer-friendly options, that they will simply promote. Licensed Digital Plumbers have the flexibleness to bundle the providing as their very own or develop it into extra superior options for the enterprise market by partnerships.”

“The coaching programme itself is delivered by IOPSA and Macrocomm, each firms offering important experience and assist to these attending the course,” stated Joubert. “It’s targeted on upskilling plumbers and aiding them with the transition to the IoT primarily based sensible water options. It additionally introduces them to SABS accepted sensible water options that leverage IoT to fulfill the urgent water shortage points within the nation.”

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Complimentary to the Digital Plumber coaching is an off-the-shelf Sigfox enabled sensible water answer, designed, and constructed with SqwidNet companions, Macrocomm and Ontec. The answer is intuitive, easy, and cost-effective – ideally suited to licensed digital plumbers to take to market.

SqwidNet Chief Resolution Officer, Ushal Moonsamy added that bringing collectively professional companions was essential in designing the ground-breaking Digital Plumber initiative.

This has resulted within the crafting of a holistic answer for plumbers that features IoT technical and gross sales abilities improvement, a simple to make use of sensible water product, nationwide availability, and assist. “It’s this sort of belief and collaboration that shifts industries ahead, modifications behaviours and achieves exponential outcomes.”

Altering the sport in water conservation

The sensible water meter answer permits licensed digital plumbers to transform their clients’ abnormal water meters rapidly and simply into sensible water meters.

The answer allows the plumber to advance their providing by offering a service to proactively handle leak detection, impact crucial repairs and upkeep repairs, and systematic methods by which to scale back water consumption.

When the answer detects water leaks, it instantaneously notifies the house owner or enterprise proprietor, and the plumber who can rapidly and proactively repair the issue.

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The answer not solely gives immense monetary worth to the consumer by way of stopping invoice shock – sudden astronomical invoice resulting from undetected leaks – but in addition offers everybody with real-time consciousness of their water utilization and consumption patterns over time.

The sensible water answer is app-enabled – utilizing their cell system, customers can set targets, monitor their utilization, and constructively problem themselves to alter their water-using habits.

“Understanding how and when water is used not solely saves cash for the shopper, however it additionally goes a good distance in the direction of managing the present water disaster,” concluded Malinga. “Each a part of this answer, from the coaching course to the instruments and options on provide, has been designed to assist one of many very actual challenges that our nation faces at present.”

The Digital Plumber Coaching Programme, developed by SqwidNet, Macrocomm, Ontec, and IOPSA, is the primary accredited coaching programme of its form in South Africa and the native trade.

It creates new alternatives for plumbers within the nation and ensures that they acquire extremely related abilities whereas finishing their obligatory CPD coaching and concurrently altering the sport in water conservation.

This text was printed in partnership with SqwidNet.

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