Yearly Archives: 2018

George Thomson awarded Outstanding Achievement Award

BPEC Chairman George Thomson has been awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. The award is in recognition of George’s leadership roles within the Plumbing and Heating Industry. George has shown outstanding leadership by making a real difference over many years by promoting a positive image of the industry, helping to […]

Neil Collishaw takes over from Paul Johnson as BPEC CEO

We would like to bid a very fond farewell to our CEO Paul Johnson who is retiring at the end of 2018. Paul has been with BPEC for over 22 years and has led BPEC to become a leading provider of qualifications, assessments and learning materials in the Plumbing and Heating Industry in the UK. […]

New BPEC Approved Centre – Technical Gas Training Ltd (TGT)

GATC (Gas Assessment and Training Centre) have recently purchased Technical Gas Training Ltd (TGT) –  a training facility located at the edge of the New Forest in Ferndown, Dorset. This is in addition to the excellent training and assessment provision GATC already have established in Pontypridd, Cardiff. The modern TGT training facility utilises the latest […]

Christmas Opening Hours 2018

The BPEC office will close on Christmas Eve at 12.30pm and reopen on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 at 8.30am. The last day for ordering training manuals and materials, for delivery before Christmas, is Wednesday 19th December. Any orders received after 11.00am on 19th December will be processed on 2nd January 2019, for delivery on 3rd/4th […]

James McCall-Smith wins skillPLUMB 2018

The skillPLUMB competition 2018 has named 21 year old James McCall-Smith from Tullos Training Ltd as gold medalist and UK champion after James excelled in the final which took place at WorldSkills UK LIVE at the NEC in Birmingham between 15th and 17th November 2018. Closely watched by the judges and over 80,000 visitors to the […]

Job Vacancy: Technical Business Support Manager

We are looking to recruit a Technical Business Support Manager. The successful candidate will work closely with the development and operations teams, to meet the needs of the business and therefore the role will be diverse….one week you may be developing a qualification, and the next you may be travelling to one of BPEC’s nationwide […]

SkillPLUMB 2018 finalists announced

Following a series of challenging regional heats throughout the year, the 8 competitors who will compete in the 2018 SkillPLUMB UK National Final have been named. All 8 will now go head-to-head in a three-day practical task between 15th and 17th November at World Skills UK Live, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event, […]

BPEC helps define WorldSkills Standards

Every two years WorldSkills hosts the world championships of skills which attracts young professionals from all corners of the globe to gather together for the chance to win a prestigious medal in their chosen skill. BPEC are proud to have supported WorldSkills by helping define the standards in Plumbing and Heating to ensure the standards […]

NEW! Gas Safety Awareness Level 1 & Level 2

Developed to complement our popular Level 3 Gas Safety Awareness Award for Managers and Supervisors, we are pleased to announce the introduction of our Level 1 and Level 2 Gas Safety Awareness Awards. The Level 1 Award is designed to give a basic understanding of key points relating to domestic gas safety, and how to […]

BPEC enters into partnership with NOCN

BPEC has joined forces with NOCN, the leading national Awarding and Assessment Organisation. This partnership will see NOCN offering BPEC qualifications to its network of authorised training centres alongside its own extensive range of regulated qualifications. NOCN is the second largest Awarding Organisation in the Construction Sector with its construction brand Cskills Awards. It offers […]

Female First for CIPHE Presidential Role

BPEC would like to congratulate Tracey Richardson on becoming the National President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE). Tracey is the first female to be elected to this role. Tracey has been working with BPEC for over 4 years now, supporting our charitable activity as one of our expert judges for the […]

BPEC congratulates Paul Dodds on being awarded an MBE

BPEC congratulates Paul Dodds, Training Manager at WorldSkills UK, on being awarded an MBE. Paul receives this award in recognition of his services to the skills competitors across the UK and internationally at WorldSkills. Paul has been involved in organising and delivering the plumbing skills competition in the UK for 27 years, and has served as […]

BPEC 18th Edition goes Live

We are pleased to confirm that the BPEC Level 3 Award in the Requirements for Electrical Installation BS7671:2018 (18th Edition) is ready for delivery. This qualification is aimed at practicing electricians including designers, installers and inspectors. The IET Wiring Regulations (BS7671) are the epitome of electrical standards in the UK. It is necessary for all […]

BPEC discusses the apprenticeship levy in Installer magazine

In the July/August 2018 edition of Installer Magazine, BPEC’s Neil Collishaw, Head of Innovation and Development, looks at some of the common questions that have been asked by potential employers in relation to the apprenticeship levy introduced last year. Read the article online now  

BPEC Chief Executive announcement

BPEC Chairman, George Thomson, has announced that Paul Johnson is to step down from his role as Chief Executive in December this year.  Paul has been with BPEC for over 22 years and has led the organisation to become a leading provider of qualifications, assessments and learning materials in the UK Plumbing and Heating Industry. […]

New Part L (Energy Efficiency) Course

This course covers the requirements of Part L of the Building Regulations. This new course has been updated to cover the Domestic Heating Compliance Guide 2013 and 2018 requirements, ErP and the Boiler Plus legislation. ErP (Energy related Products) energy efficiency rating will require all gas boiler types, together with mandatory time and temperature control […]

New Electrical Qualification coming soon!

In response to our centres’ feedback, we are currently developing a new electrical qualification to align to the 18th Edition of the BS 7671 Wiring Regulations. These new wiring regulations will be published by the IET in July and come into effect in January 2019. This new BPEC wiring regulation qualification will be available in […]

BPEC talks end-point assessment (EPA) in Installer magazine

In the June edition of Installer magazine, BPEC’s Neil Collishaw looks at the new end-point assessment being introduced for the new trailblazer apprenticeship programmes. Read the article online now In the July edition, we’ll be giving readers advice on the funding of apprenticeships – watch this space!  

Notice for BPEC Centres: LPG Training Manual update

BPEC are delighted to announce the launch of a revised and updated LPG Changeover Training Manual which will replace the existing LPG Training manual. This full colour manual is available now at a cost of £37.50 for all order quantities. The manual has been revised to ensure that it is fully compliant with recent changes […]

John Grocott and Patrick O’Sullivan, Smart Gas Training and Assessment

“From the initial discussion about setting up our assessment centre (Smart Gas Training and Assessment), the BPEC staff were supportive and encouraging throughout each step of the process. We had a preliminary visit from Sam Davidson, where his encouragement and support helped us through an apprehensive period. Once we were at the stages of approval […]

Smart Gas Training and Assessment celebrate 1st anniversary with BPEC

After many enjoyable years managing and delivering within the plumbing and gas faculty at a local college,  John Grocott and Patrick O’Sullivan (pictured right with BPEC’s Grant Davies) embarked on a new venture by opening their own training centre, Smart Gas Training and Assessment during April 2017. Based in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, they offer a flexible approach […]

BPEC talks apprenticeships in Installer magazine

In the May edition of Installer magazine, BPEC’s Neil Collishaw looks at the changes being introduced to the apprenticeship system by the government and what this means for plumbers and installers. In the next two editions, we’ll be giving readers advice on End-point Assessments and the apprenticeship levy – watch this space! Read the article […]

McAlpine Plumbing Products joins forces with BPEC to support SkillPLUMB

This year’s SkillPLUMB competitors are set to benefit greatly following a new partnership between McAlpine Plumbing Products and BPEC. Under a new sponsorship arrangement, competitors will receive a selection of essential plumbing fittings as prizes from the market-leading, family-run firm that employs over 750 people and manufactures over 4500 individual products. Registration for SkillPLUMB, along […]

Alex Logue, Fife College

“ Fife College moved to BPEC for our ACS Gas delivery in 2017. BPEC personnel supported the college throughout this transition and have continued to provide the same level of support, advice and guidance which has been invaluable in maintaining our service delivery. Whilst we revamped our portfolio, BPEC were helpful in offering products and […]

BPEC Product Roadshows 2018

We’d like representatives from new and existing FE colleges and training centres to join us. As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, we are hosting four Product Roadshows across England during Spring 2018 (dates in Scotland and Wales will follow): Thursday 8th March 10:00 – 14:00 Sindlesham Court, Mole Road, Sindlesham, Wokingham, RG41 5EA Tuesday 20th […]