Yearly Archives: 2015


As part of BPEC’s commitment to quality training we will shortly be introducing a programme of External Verification visits to centres delivering the Gas Foundation Managed Learning Programme. The need to carry out the visits is also a requirement of the changes to the ‘Standards of Training in Gas Work’ which is overseen by EU […]

UK Apprentice Crowned Plumbing World Champion

A young apprentice from Northern Ireland has been rewarded for his skill, professionalism and quality of work with a gold medal in the international WorldSkills 2015 competition. Gary Doyle, 21, is celebrating after his win after going head to head with talented plumbers from 27 other countries. The event, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was […]

BPEC to support SACU Team Scotland at the 2015 ISDE in Slovakia

BPEC are delighted to support The Scottish Auto Cycle Union (SACU) – Team Scotland in this year’s International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) taking place in Slovakia during September 2015. Financial assistance has been provided to SACU through the BPEC Sport Award to support a team of 3 riders competing in this year’s International Six Day […]

BPEC Solid Fuel Installer Course

BPEC have launched a 3 day solid fuel course. The training course will enable candidates to install any of the common types of ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ solid mineral and wood fuel burning equipment in accordance with building regulations, manufacturer’s instructions and industry standards. It also covers the requirements for chimneys, flues and combustion air ventilation. BPEC […]

Legionella Responsibilities Update

On the 25th November 2013 the HSE published the revised ACoP L8 and Technical Guidance HSG 274 – a lot has changed in legionella management and control that you should know. Are you aware, for example, that employers, those in control of premises and those with health and safety responsibilities for others have a legal […]

BPEC Aptitude Test

Bringing on an Apprentice? Level 1 student? Level 2 student? New entrant? The online aptitude test is a great tool to help you find the right candidate for your courses. Why not complete the practice assessment and see whether it could assist you with your entry requirements for your courses? Please contact our Services team […]

Plumber Gary Doyle to compete at WorldSkills 2015

41 individuals have been selected to compete in WorldSkills 2015, São Paulo, in 37 skills ranging from landscape gardening to web design and welding. All were chosen based on a high personal skill level, competitive attitude and maturity, and have all received performance training from experts at Loughborough University, who have previously worked with talented […]


OFTEC are now a Competent Persons Scheme for Solid Fuel, and are accepting BPEC Solid Biomass NOS Mapped qualification for registration. It is hoped that before too long, OFTEC will also gain CPS status for Biomass, and again will be accepting the BPEC qualification for registration in this scope as well.

Life changing transformation aided by BPEC Support Fund

BPEC contributed £1569.46 worth of plumbing & heating materials to assist the modernisation of a property featured in the BBC One series ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’. Ten years ago Richard and Jude Ford met while working for the police. They soon realised that they were meant for each other, and settled down to start […]

Sport Award helps Apprentice Ryan aim for Team GB

Seventeen year old plumbing apprentice Ryan Holden is being supported to maximise his chance of becoming a full GB Team member for Archery. Ryan, from Broadstairs Plumbing & Heating, Kent, longs to accomplish his ambition of becoming a regular GB Team member and compete overseas. The cost of his equipment and to compete is considerable […]

Triple success at SkillPLUMB heats…

Top skills have been on display around the country at the English regional SkillPLUMB heats. Three talented young plumbers have topped the table at their respective events and now have a chance of progressing to the UK final to be held later this year. The regional winners are: South of England: Owen Boswell of Suffolk […]

Heating & Renewables Awards 2015

Do you have any outstanding apprentices that you would like to nominate for an award organised by one of the leading publishers in the renewable energy field? The prize on offer for the winning apprentice is a trip to Denmark that includes a trip on a private jet and a meal at a Michelin starred […]

The SNIPEF Awards 2015: Recognising Professionalism

Licensed plumbing and heating businesses will be invited to nominate themselves for a brand new annual award being launched by the leading trade body representing plumbing and heating businesses in Scotland and Northern Ireland. In recognition of the importance of professional plumbing, The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation will reward one of its […]

Aberdeen apprentice wins national plumbing competition

The 40th Annual SNIPEF SkillPLUMB competition was won by Richard Wilson, a third year plumbing apprentice from Aberdeen who works for Aberdeenshire firm, Sugplumb. North East Scotland College, where Richard studies hosted the event, which was held on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June. A total of 13 participants from colleges and training centres across […]

Daniel Martins named winner of SkillPLUMB Midlands heat

Daniel Martins of Briggs & Forrester Group and EAS Mechanical/BEST has been named winner of the SkillPLUMB English Midlands heat. Held at South & City College Birmingham on 2nd June, the event brought together students from across the region to compete for a chance to be SkillPLUMB UK Champion. Eighteen-year-old Daniel was joined by Matthew […]

Owen takes Gold at SkillPLUMB South

The SkillPLUMB South of England heat has named Owen Boswell of Suffolk New College and Sleep Safe as its winner. Held at Chichester College on 12th May, the event brought together students from across the region to compete for a chance to be SkillPLUMB UK Champion. Owen, 20, was joined by Ryan Holden, of East […]

Daniel leads the way at SkillPLUMB Wales

21 year-old apprentice Daniel Doughty has been named best in Wales at the first SkillPLUMB heat of 2015. Daniel, a student at the Coleg Sir Gar was up against seven other competitors at a busy event hosted at Coleg Cambria in April. Judges scored Daniel most highly in a task that involved the installation of […]

The Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014

Water Byelaws have been a fact of life for plumbers as long as most of us can remember. On 12 July 2014 the existing Water Byelaws in Scotland were replaced by The Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014. BPEC have now updated their Water Byelaws Scotland training material in line with the new changes. […]

Legionella Risk Assessment and Water Disinfection for Mechanical Services

Following a successful Legionella update held at BPEC offices, BPEC have now launched a new updated Legionella Risk Assessment and Water Disinfection for Mechanical Services training course, this new course will replace the Risk Assessment and Disinfection course which BPEC currently offer. The new updated course does have a defined scope for those candidates wanting […]

SkillPLUMB call for entries

Talented apprentice plumbers are being encouraged to register for this year’s SkillPLUMB 2015 competition. The application window is now open and runs until 20th March. During the competition, entrants will be judged on a series of challenging practical tests in a bid to be named the 2015 SkillPLUMB champion. The event, designed to promote and […]

Plumbing WorldSkills UK Competition at The Skills Show

SkillPLUMB is an annual skills competition designed to promote standards and skills across the plumbing industry, developing competence into excellence. SkillPLUMB can bring invaluable benefits to students, colleges and employers. Competitors can gain recognition for exceptional skills, injecting dynamism and excitement into training. Employers can enhance their business reputation and improve the skills of their […]

BPEC Support Fund helps Paul gain NVQ

An adult apprentice who was unable to benefit from the normal apprenticeship funding has been helped to complete his training by the BPEC Support Fund. Twenty-five year old Paul wanted to pursue a career in plumbing from an early age, but at 16 was diagnosed with a serious condition that required him to have brain […]

Howzat! BPEC Sport Awards helps Somerset plumber

A self-employed domestic plumbing and heating engineer, who dedicates his spare time to improving youth cricketing skills, has received support from the BPEC Sport Awards to help enhance his coaching. Anthony Millett, of ADM Plumbing Solutions, volunteers at the Ilminster Cricket Club in Somerset and is a Level 2 qualified children’s coach. With training nights […]