Yearly Archives: 2015

BPEC return to the Gambia

Mark Antrobus and Neil Collishaw are returning to the Gambia to see how BPEC’s Legacy Funding is making an impact to the local community in Bansang. They will be oversees during 06 January to 16 January 2016.

The BPEC Charity presented £8,550 to the Friends of Sawbridgeworth Neurological centres

The BPEC Charity presented £8,550 to the ‘Friends of Sawbridgeworth Neurological centres’ to purchase two highly specialised shower chairs. The new shower chairs have already had a huge positive impact to the 120 residents, providing a comfortable and dignified means of using the bathroom facilities. Professor Sheila Henderson and Celine Austin attended the event on […]

The BPEC Charity awarded £9,100 to Shane Trevitt

The BPEC Charity awarded £9,100 to Shane Trevitt to fund the ‘Township plumber trainer programme’ in Johannesburg, South Africa. This project will deliver a series of water and sanitation upgrades and start to train local people living in the township basic plumbing and maintenance skills.

Pump Aid received an award of £15,000 from The BPEC Charity

The BPEC Charity Life Award 2015 was presented to Emily Gait and Stephanie Moore from Pump Aid. The project being delivered is to build 10 new Elephant pumps across 10 communities in rural Malawi. Emily & Stephanie received an award of £15,000 from The BPEC Charity. This award will help provide clean and safe drinking […]

BPEC are offering OFTEC Solid Fuel courses

BPEC are now offering OFTEC’s Solid Fuel courses which cover dry and wet installations: • OFT15-108(D) – Installation, commissioning and servicing of solid fuel burning appliances (dry space heating) • OFT15-108(W) – Installation, commissioning and servicing of solid fuel burning appliances with space heating and hot water heating. The above courses will allow you to […]

Firing up the NEC… the annual SkillPLUMB final

Temperatures were running high at this year’s SkillPLUMB final where, following a series of challenging regional heats earlier in the year, 10 of the best young plumbers competed against each other in a bid to be crowned 2015 SkillPLUMB champion. Now in its 8th year, SkillPLUMB is organised by BPEC, and has the Copper Initiative […]

Oxford Energy Academy BPEC Apprentice

Based in Witney, Oxford Energy Academy is Oxfordshire’s leading specialist training centre for plumbing, heating and gas engineering training. In the Autumn of 2014 their new training centre for Apprentices was opened by David Cameron. After a successful first year the number of apprentices enrolling in September 2015 was more than twice the number who […]

BPEC Services paperwork reminder

Reminder to centres sending in result, candidate application and assessment paperwork for BPEC Services products. Once training/assessment is complete and the documentation has been signed by the trainer/assessor, the Candidate Result Form must be forwarded to BPEC for external verification along with the candidate application form and completed assessment paper work. The centre shall: 1. […]

“Renewable energy targets unlikely to be achieved”

The government is unlikely to hit its renewable energy targets if it doesn’t come up with a credible plan, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Top of the agenda at last month’s meeting of the Energy & Climate Committee was a letter written by the Energy Secretary, which had been leaked to the Ecologist website. […]

Squad UK announced for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

UK’s top apprentices and learners in training to be best in the world. The UK has announced its chosen Squad for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world, at The Skills Show, which took place at the NEC Birmingham from 19 to 21 November. The apprentices and […]

Christmas Hampers

BPEC are making hampers for children/youngsters in the Derbyshire area who are in foster care and are without a family over the Christmas period. We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of donations both internally and externally!

SkillPLUMB winner announced

The SkillPLUMB competition 2015 has named 29 year old Richard Wilson from North East College Scotland and SugPlumb Ltd, UK champion after excelling in an intensive three-day practical exercise at the Birmingham NEC Skills Show. Closely watched by judges and over 75,000 visitors to the show, Richard and his fellow finalists had to simulate the […]

BPEC Christmas Closure

Please be aware of the below information if you are planning to order training manuals leading up to the Christmas period: The last date for ordering manuals for delivery before Christmas is 18th December (delivery up to 23rd December). Any orders placed after 11am on 18th December will be processed on 4th January, for delivery […]

Business Development and Skills Manager Vacancy

SummitSkills are the UK Standard Setting Organisation for the building services engineering (BSE) sector. The BSE sector represents the electrotechnical, heating and ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration and plumbing industries. Click here to apply.  

Tammy Bristow, E.ON

“E.ON have worked with BPEC for over 7 years. During this time we have gained accreditations to assess a range of ACS and NVQ qualifications covering Gas, Electricity and Energy Efficiency. Nothing is ever too much trouble for BPEC. Their industry knowledge is exemplary and the support they offer to us as a business and […]

Service Pipe and Meter Housing Installation and Training

This new training has been produced to cover the installation of standard water connections and the laying of associated apparatus from the property boundary to the first internal water fitting after the meter. Both the training and booklet are specifically for designers, installers and site managers who are an integral part of ensuring there are […]

The BPEC Charity Life Award 2015 presents £41,525 to plumbing good causes

£41,525 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 fourth Life Award presentation ceremony held at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, on Friday 16th October and attended by over 100 […]


Seven young apprentices recently received certificates and prizes for being the first cohort of JTL apprentices to have completed their BPEC Level 3 Plumbing Qualification at Hull College. The event was held as part of the on-going working partnership between BPEC – the British Plumbing Employers Council – and JTL, the leading provider of apprenticeships […]

BPEC Meter Foundation

The UK Smart Metering Program helps meet the demand for new Gas Engineers entering the industry to work on the ongoing Smart Meter exchange program being conducted by the UK energy providers. BPEC now offer a Managed Learning Programme dedicated to candidates who wish to join the industry specifically to carry out meter work. The […]

SkillPLUMB finalists announced

The 10 competitors who will compete in the 2015 SkillPLUMB UK final have been named, following a series of challenging regional heats earlier this year. All will now go head-to-head in a three-day practical task on 19-21 November at The Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event at the NEC Birmingham where over […]

Martin Reeves, Guildford College

“The Plumbing Department at Guildford moved over to the BPEC plumbing qualifications in 2013. All the plumbing schemes are easy to use for tutors and students alike, and we are delighted with the support from the BPEC team, who are friendly and professional. All issues are dealt with in a manner which makes you feel […]

SummitSkills working on EU-funded project (AquaVET)

Improving skills in new water efficient technologies is the focus of a pan-European project that sees SummitSkills contributing its expertise in skills training and qualifications. The AquaVET project involves organisations from Greece, Netherlands and Spain, along with SummitSkills representing the UK, to look at how vocational education can fully embrace new technologies linked to water […]

Important ACS News Update

The 1st October ACS Disc has been postponed until 1st January 2016. This has been requested by EU Skills Standards and Development Unit to allow Certification Bodies time to format the assessment documentation to cover the new Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) and BS 7967:2015.  It is highly likely that there will still be […]

Domestic Ventilation Installer update

BPEC have now updated their Domestic Ventilation Installer manual to cover the Scottish Regulations. There is also a Scottish theory assessment which is now available via the Centre Login area of the BPEC website.