Category Archives: News & Press Releases

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 […]

Routes to Gas Safe Registration (New Entrants)

With the introduction of the New Apprenticeships for the Gas Industry and / or Plumbing and Heating Industry, and the implementation of IGEM/IG/1 – Standards of training in gas work, there has been an increase in the industry approved options available to be recognised as a competent gas engineer and apply for Gas Safe Registration. […]

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 […]

BPEC expanding External Quality Assurance (EQA) Team

We are looking to expand our External Quality Assurance (EQA) team in the Plumbing, Renewable Fuels and Gas sectors.  You will need to be able to commit to a minimum of 6 days per academic year. Although EQA experience is not necessary, you must be have a minimum of 2 years experience as an Internal […]

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 […]

Job Vacancy: Certification Manager – Awarding and End-point Assessment Organisation

We are looking to recruit a Certification Manager – Awarding and End-point Assessment Organisation. The Certification Manager will ensure the effective operation and development of BPEC’s Awarding and End-point Assessment Organisation in accordance to the regulatory bodies’ requirements. The successful candidate will lead the development and operations teams within the Awarding and End-point Assessment Organisation, […]

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, […]