Yearly Archives: 2019

Connor wins SkillPLUMB 2019 gold medal

Well done to 19 year old Connor Cruden from Moray College UHI and Cowie Plumbing & Heating who was named SkillPLUMB 2019 champion at WorldSkills UK LIVE. Connor can be seen in the photograph, third from the right, with the other finalists and BPEC Chairman George Thomson. BPEC are proud to be the SkillPLUMB competition […]

BPEC Christmas Opening 2019

The BPEC office will close for the Christmas holidays on Tuesday 24th December and reopen on Thursday 2nd January 2020. The last day for shipping of training manuals and materials, for delivery before Christmas, will be Thursday 19th December. Any orders received after 11.00am on 19th December will be processed on 2nd January 2020. Thank […]

BPEC Chairman George Thomson retires

We would like to bid a very fond farewell to George Thomson who is retiring from his role as Chairman and board member of BPEC. George has been a Director and Trustee of BPEC since 2008, and became Chairman in 2015. A second-generation plumber, George has worked in the plumbing industry for over 40 years, […]

SkillPLUMB 2019 Finalists Announced

Following a series of challenging regional heats throughout the year, the competitors who will compete in the 2019 SkillPLUMB UK National Final have been announced. The eight finalists are: • Cameron Clark (Dundee & Angus College) • Alexander Clouston (Inverness College UHI)• Connor Cruden (Moray College) • Samuel Henderson (Tullos Training Ltd) • Anthony Iacovazzo […]

BPEC Competition: win cash prizes!

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED Would you like to win £500 for your organisation, or £150 for yourself? All you need to do is create a single, positive, original post, with a link to our new video ‘We’ve got your back’, on any, or all of, the following social media sites: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook. Posts […]

New Head of Finance joins the BPEC Team

We are delighted to announce that Jack Henderson has joined the BPEC Team as Head of Finance and Business Services. Prior to joining BPEC, Jack spent seventeen years as the accountant at St Paul’s Cathedral during which time the cathedral underwent a £40 million, 10 year restoration programme. Previously Jack had worked as a director […]

Management Opportunities at BPEC

Due to continued expansion, we are now recruiting for the following Management Positions: Business Development Manager Full details can be seen at CV Library or Total Jobs Charity Project Manager Full details can be seen on CV Library or Total Jobs Marketing Manager Full details can be seen on CV Library or Total Jobs All […]

PHSP Launch Campaign Promoting New Level 3 Apprenticeship

A New Era for Plumbing and Heating Apprentices The Plumbing Heating Skills Partnership (PHSP) have announced the launch of a campaign which promotes the benefits of the new Level 3 Plumbing & Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship. Set to become the new industry standard, this trailblazing apprenticeship has been specially designed to meet employers’ needs, fill […]

SkillPLUMB 2019 Regional Heats – Update

The six 2019 SkillPLUMB heats have now all been completed. The scores are being verified and the eight finalists will be announced in the next few weeks. The finalists will compete at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event which will take place at the NEC, Birmingham in November – last […]

BPEC Chairman George Thomson recognised with Merit Award

BPEC Chairman, George Thomson, has received a SNIPEF Merit Award. The award recognises outstanding contribution to the plumbing industry. George was presented with his award at SNIPEF’s recent AGM. SNIPEF, the Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation, is the principal trade association representing plumbing and heating businesses based in Scotland and Northern Ireland. George, […]

The Great BPEC Bake Off

Today at our offices we held ‘The Great BPEC Bake Off’. The theme, of course, was plumbing and, as you can see above, there were some innovative entries. The cakes tasted nice too!! BPEC Chairman George Thomson became our own ‘Paul Hollywood’ as lead judge, and the winner was Katie Goy who is the PA […]

BPEC Office Hours changing from Monday 3rd June 2019

From Monday 3rd June 2019 our office hours will be changing. Our staff will be available to speak with you from 8:30am Monday to Friday to deal with any enquiries you may have. The office will close at 4.30pm each day. We are confident that our new hours will continue to meet the needs of […]

BPEC launch new Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Domestic Heating

The new BPEC Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Domestic Heating qualification (603/4526/3) is now available for registration. The qualification is a mandatory requirement within the Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician (Level 3) Apprenticeship Standard. A range of bespoke resources to help centres and their staff in the delivery of this qualification are available free […]

Core and Appliance Gas Safety Manuals now available to buy separately

To offer more flexibility to training centres, colleges and gas engineers, the BPEC Core Domestic Gas Safety Manual and the BPEC Appliance Specific Domestic Gas Safety Manual are now available to buy separately. The Combined Domestic Gas Safety Manual, consisting of both manuals, is also still available. Alternatively, should you prefer a digital option, the […]

The BPEC Charity – Supporting the Plumbing & Heating Industry

Dedicated to providing education and lifelong learning to all who work in the Building Services Engineering (BSE) sector, BPEC is an industry-leading provider of qualifications, assessments and learning materials. However, what makes BPEC unique, and sets us apart from our competitors, is that we are led by employers for the benefit of the sector, and […]

SkillPLUMB 2019 Registration Now Open

Registration for skillPLUMB 2019 is now open, and will close on 5 April 2019. The competition is open to trainee plumbers of all ages. Entries can be made by Colleges, Training Providers or Employers. The type of competitors we are looking for are those that can perform basic plumbing skills at the standard set in […]

Dickies Workwear joins forces with BPEC to support skillPLUMB

This year’s skillPLUMB competitors are set to benefit greatly following a new partnership with Dickies Workwear. Dickies’ sponsorship will include clothing and safety footwear for all skillPLUMB national final contestants, plus t-shirts for competitors at the regional heats. Dickies will also provide clothing and footwear for judges and delivery teams at the national finals for […]

NEW – LPG Conversion Permanent Dwellings (PD)

BPEC have now produced a training package for LPG Conversion Permanent Dwellings PD. The training package has been approved by IGEM and E&U Skills for inclusion to the Guidance Note 8 Appendix 1. The training for LPG conversion PD will be added to the Gas Foundation portfolio (section 5) as an additional unit for “on-site” […]

BPEC appoint Technical Business Support Managers

We are delighted to announce that Paul Wilson (pictured on the right) and Jonathan Bexon (left) have joined the BPEC team as Technical Business Support Managers. Within this role, they will both be offering technical support across development and operations within the business. Paul began his plumbing career at the age of 16 after leaving […]

BPEC EPAO work with Team Knowhow

An innovative approach to End-point Assessment has been launched to help train the next generation of ‘Team Knowhow’ gas engineers. Team Knowhow, established by electrical retailer Dixons, is a network of 7000 experts who will help install, support, upgrade or fix customers’ kit throughout the lifecycle of a product. BPEC have been appointed by Team […]

Update to Commercial Gas Foundation (Managed Learning Programme)

We have now completed the update to our Commercial Gas Foundation Heating and our Commercial Gas Foundation Catering (Managed Learning Programmes). Both have been updated to current legislation and standards. Each Commercial Gas Foundation (MLP) will now have a dedicated candidate portfolio which explains the requirements for both on and off the job evidence. The cost […]