Yearly Archives: 2014

Coach Jamie receives BPEC Sport Award

Self-employed plumber and gas fitter Jamie Graves is being helped to fulfill his football coaching potential after receiving a grant from the BPEC Sport Award. Jamie, from Anytime Plumbing & Heating, Rotherham, played football competitively until a car crash meant he was no longer able to take part himself at such an intense level. Still […]

Updating of BPEC Risk Assessment and Disinfection of Water Systems

BPEC are now in a position to offer a new updated version of their Risk assessment and Disinfection course in line with the recent regulation changes which have taken place. The updated version is now combined into one manual and has been retitled Legionella Risk Assessment and Water Disinfection for Mechanical Services.   The two […]

BPEC are seeking to hire a Business Development and Marketing Manager

The BPEC group of companies specialises in providing operatives working in the building services engineering industry with the skills and expertise necessary to meet the industry’s strict quality standards.  BPEC work closely with a nationwide network of employers, colleges and private training providers to enable them to offer a range of quality training materials, assessments […]

QCF Principles of Metering for Renewable Heat Installations

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme to support renewable heat generation in the domestic sector is now operational offering tariff payments for supported technologies. All RHI installations should be made meter-ready and in most cases applicants will require metering for payment in order for their systems to be RHI compliant. As a result of this […]

No longer are patients subjected to the awful stench

Life Award 2013 November 2014 Anita has just recently returned from Bansang. She is delighted to report that the Female Ward is smelling ‘so sweet, no longer are patients subjected to the awful stench that got right under your skin, not to mention up your nose’!  Congratulations go out to the team for their excellent work, […]

Josh plumbs new heights!

Twenty-one year old Josh Ellis from Westmancoat Plumbing, Heating & Electrical Contractors has been crowned 2014 SkillPLUMB champion after excelling in an intensive two-day practical competition at the Birmingham NEC Skills Show. Over 75,000 visited the event, the nation’s largest skills and careers event, where SkillPLUMB was just one of 65 competitions taking place. Josh, […]

Andy Morris, Highbury College

“Working with BPEC helps Highbury as a college deliver a high quality course backed up with quality assurance second to none. All the staff at BPEC are approachable and professional making all our dealings with them a pleasure.”

Have your say in shaping the future of Plumbing and Heating Apprenticeships

In an important and exciting move, Plumbing and Heating Apprenticeships are now joining Phase 3 of the Trailblazer project and employers in the industry are being invited to participate in an important electronic survey the results of which will help greatly in altering the format of Apprenticeships for the better. Following a government review of […]

David Cameron opens Oxford Energy Academy, BPEC Approved Centre

Prime Minister, David Cameron, visited Oxford Energy Academy in Witney on Friday 10th October to officially open the new Bpec accredited Apprentice Training Centre. David Cameron toured the purpose-built Training Centre and chatted to Pre-Apprentice Level 1 and Apprentice Level 3 students all said how much they enjoy going training at Oxford Energy Academy. Mr […]

ACS vs The Group Competency Scheme FAQs

A significant number of Assessment centres are receiving enquiries from their customers regarding the Group Competency Scheme which they are finding difficult to answer. The following FAQ’s have been produced by all of the UKAS Accredited Certification Bodies delivering ACS, to provide ACS Assessment centre staff with information which provides a balanced view of the […]

BPEC and JTL to work closer together

The charitable training provider JTL and BPEC, the Plumbing Industry’s leading training and training and certification body, have made a formal commitment to work closer together to help raise standards in the industry.  The close working relationship was confirmed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations on 24th September 2014. […]

Entries open for the 2015 BPEC Charity Life Award

Training and certification organisation BPEC has launched its search for next year’s recipient of the BPEC Charity Life Award. This Award offers up to £15,000 for using plumbing skills to enhance people’s life. The aim of the Award is to recognise and facilitate the use of plumbing skills to improve the lives of others in […]

The BPEC Charity Life Award 2014 presents £35,000 to plumbing good causes

£35,000 has been given in charitable donations by training and certification provider, BPEC, to projects that use plumbing skills to enhance the lives others less fortunate either here in the UK or abroad. At its third Life Award presentation ceremony held at Derby County Football Club, on Friday 10th October and attended by over 100 […]

£13,500 presented to Water Works

£13,500 was presented to Jeffrey Cohen from Water Works. Water Works is a grassroots charity committed to supporting rural Malawian communities gain access to safe drinking water and hygienic sanitation facilities. Improving the standards of clean drinking water and sanitation across 10 villages will improve the lives of over 300 households in Malawi.

£10,600 awarded to the Peace and Hope Trust

The BPEC Charity awarded £10,600 to the Peace and Hope Trust (PHT). PHT has been working amongst the poorest communities in Nicaragua for over two decades. This support will help build and equip a vocational centre with an emphasis of teaching basic plumbing skills.

£10,357 awarded to Datum Foundation

The BPEC Charity Life Award 2014 was presented to Dean Buchanan from Datum Foundation to assist the development of a new secondary school being built in Malawi. They received an initial award of £10,357 from The BPEC Charity, along with pledges of further support for the next three years. Achieving the Award will allow the […]

BPEC sponsors the House of Lords Event

An audience of nearly 100 people gathered at the House of Lords event sponsored by BPEC on 29th July, to hear the outcome of research into Apprenticeships and Professional Recognition in the plumbing and heating industry. Information was gathered over a 12-week period from focus groups and questionnaires. Around 800 individuals, employees and owner/directors of […]

2014 World Plumbing Council Scholarship Program – Closing Date Extended

The World Plumbing Council has decided to extend the closing date for those interested in submitting an application for the 2014 World Plumbing Council Scholarship program to the 31st August 2014. There are two scholarships available, they are; World Plumbing Council Education and Training Scholarship – A one time scholarship for an individual involved in […]

Apprenticeships and Professional Recognition

The CIPHE is undertaking some research into professional recognition and Apprenticeships and we would value your input for the following survey. The Research Stakeholder Group is exploring how the present apprenticeship system for the plumbing and heating sector is currently working. It also wishes to identify support amongst micro SMEs for professional recognition, such as […]

Working in this heat is not good

Wednesday 16th April First day to start work, plenty of driving around sorting out materials and meeting builder Stafford, who is helping us. All locals are excited about the work which is going to start. Several are helping with the donkey work, digging out the holes for the footings once George and I have marked […]

One earthquake last night

Tuesday 15th April Good nights sleep of 5 hours and all ready to go! We had to stay in the bottom bunks because it was safer. We thought we heard rain during the night however, it was the volcano rumbling! One earthquake last night, 4.2 but didn’t feel a thing! Travelling to Bluefields, only 10 hours in […]

Hopefully all baggage will be there

Sunday 13th April The journey begins. Apprehensive as earthquakes have been happening but just done the hardest thing and said goodbye to Bridget. Next stop Heathrow and a well-deserved pint with George. Monday 14th April Up early, 4.45am for flight at 8.30am. George and I very keen to get going, both OCD. Taxi late, not […]

Jack and Ben excel at SkillPLUMB

The latest heats of SkillPLUMB 2014 have concluded with top skills on display all round, with Jack Sturdy in the English Midlands and Benjamin Cooke in North of England both taking first spots in their respective competitions. Jack, a student at South & City Birmingham College was named the winner over nine other competitors at […]

WPC Scholarship Program Applications Close 31 July

Applications Close July 31, 2014 for the World Plumbing Council Scholarship Program offering up to US$20,000.00 The WPC Scholarship program provides the opportunity to live and work within the culture of another country, providing the chance to learn another language and develop friendships. Successful applicants are encouraged to focus on the following areas during their […]

The Increasing Importance of the Plumbing Profession

The World Health Organization has declared plumbers the most important front line health workers around the globe. Most people know from seeing the basins, taps and toilets that of what they are seeing, much of the work is behind the scenes. This “hidden” work meets the essential requirements of our daily lives especially when living […]