Awards for Excellence

BPEC Awards for Excellence 2021

Winners Announced!

Plumbing and heating trainees and tutors have shown the most incredible resilience and commitment throughout the coronavirus crisis. In no other year has it been more important to celebrate and reward outstanding achievements.

The BPEC Charity has partnered with the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) and the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) to bring you the first ever BPEC Awards for Excellence. We are also delighted that Monument Tools is onboard as our main Awards sponsor for this year.

The nomination period ended on 31st October 2021. There was an excellent response to all award categories and an independent panel has judged all the nominations and drawn up a shortlist. These shortlisted candidates were invited to the Virtual Awards Ceremony on 8th December 2021, which had over 50 attendees, where winners and those commended were announced.

Best Use of Technology in the Delivery of Plumbing Training – winners were Jon Conlon who works for South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and David Warren who works for West Suffolk College.

Best Plumbing Trainer in the Workplace – the winner was Matthew Mellor who works for SMART Gas Training & Assessment.

Making a Difference in the Community – the winner was Kevin Kidd who works for James Frew Ltd.

Best Plumbing Apprentice/Trainee – winners were John Murray who works for Martyn Ritchie Plumbing and is trained at North East Scotland College and Iain Winnard who works for Blair Plumbing & Heating Solutions, is a SNIPEF apprentice and attends Glasgow Clyde College.

Congratulations to all the amazing winners and those who were commended!

Nominations can be made through a simple online nomination form for the following awards categories:

Making a Difference in the Community

This award recognises a Trainee/Apprentice/Tutor from the plumbing industry who has made a difference to the social well-being of their local community in the pandemic. This could be through volunteering or charity work or by any means where the individual has gone above and beyond to support their local community in the pandemic.

Best Plumbing Trainer in the Workplace

This award recognises individuals that have provided excellent support and training to plumbing apprentices/trainees in the real work environment. The trainer will have added value to the students learning experience by either linking the learning received by the student in college/training provider to the workplace; raising the student’s practical installation skills; highlighting the importance of excellent customer service; or providing ongoing mentoring/coaching.

Best Use of Technology in the Delivery of Plumbing Training

This category requires students or a Training Provider/College to nominate an individual tutor / group of tutors who have delivered Plumbing education through online / digital methods and demonstrated that it can be engaging and that it supported the achievement of learners in a challenging environment by going the extra mile.

Best Plumbing Apprentice/Trainee

This category rewards an apprentice/trainee that has adapted to the challenges of learning in a pandemic and applied the learning to real work situations. This may include over coming personal / professional difficulties in this difficult period and maintaining a positive outlook on the future. They will also have demonstrated excellent customer service by adopting safe systems of work and helping customers in a pandemic.

Click here to download the printable A3 poster or the printable A4 poster

Nominations must be in by close of business on 31st October 2021.

An independent panel of judges drawn from the industry will assess all the entries and then shortlists will be declared in mid-November, ahead of the winners being announced at a special Virtual Awards Ceremony to be held on 8th December 2021.

The application process is quick and easy! You just need to download the relevant application form, complete it with the name of the person you are nominating and write a 300-word overview detailing why you believe they qualify for that award.

“Our objective in launching these new and exciting annual awards is to celebrate the achievements and innovations of tutors and trainees over the past 12 months,” states Neil Collishaw, Chief Executive Officer, BPEC. “After such a tough year, we are keen to showcase the dedication, expertise and sheer hard work of those working in the sector and actually in education.”

The winners will receive an enviable collection of prizes: BPEC Training Manuals and Winners Certificate, Cash/Vouchers and Tool Kits from our main sponsor, Monument Tools.

COLLEGES/TRAINING CENTRES/EMPLOYERS: Encourage your students to enter nominations by printing out these downloadable A3 poster and A4 poster and placing them on your site noticeboards!

When completed, please email your nomination forms to You can also contact Jade Jack at the same email address if you have any questions or queries.

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