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BPEC Gas Meter Foundation MLP – 2024 update          

Introduction This update is in response to a new IGEM/IG/1 training specification (supplement 3) being published. This came into effect on 1/01/24 and all new starters from this date will be required to meet the new requirements. Existing Learners Learners who are already on programme can continue on that programme. However, all learners must be […]

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BPEC Charity supports international water aid via Aquabox 

Industry charity BPEC is supporting international water aid efforts via a donation to Aquabox, a volunteer-led charity that provides filtration units and other humanitarian aid to crisis zones around the world. Working from their base in the Peak District, Aquabox volunteers manufacture and assemble the family water filters which are shipped internationally to countries and communities […]

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Plumbing and Heating Skills Partnership unveils major expansion

The Plumbing & Heating Skills Partnership (PHSP) is expanding its membership following a strategic Skills Summit, including widening the PHSP UK Strategic Group membership to include the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE), the Plumbing, Heating and Mechanical Engineering Joint Industry Boards (JIB-PMES & SNIJIB) and Unite the Union. The Summit, held at […]

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February Issue – BPEC Spotlight

The latest issue of BPEC’s Spotlight eNews has been published! It’s packed full of news and important industry updates including: Announcement of BPEC’s Endorsed ApprovalTop award won for our FESS Experienced Worker Assessment ProgrammeHydrogen Training updateNew Accredited Training CentresRevised Apprenticeship StandardsAwarding Organisation, EPA, Training & Courses updates Click here to read all the full stories.

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Validate Courses with BPEC Endorsed Approval

With more employers, colleges, and organisations wanting to raise the standards of their own training activities, gaining BPEC Endorsed Approval is becoming increasingly important. BPEC provides guidance to confirm that your course has the appropriate quality assurance, offering evidence-based aims, objectives, and clear learning outcomes to ensure learners are obtaining the best results. Upon completion […]

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Christmas Message from Neil Collishaw, CEO of BPEC

On behalf of the whole BPEC team, I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our customers for their continued business throughout the year. During 2023, we focused on promoting our company values. They are as follows: The BPEC Pillars • Partnering with a dependable network, building trustworthy relationships […]

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Another FESS first for BPEC

Dan Woods – BPEC Technical Manager presenting Dennis Roe of Complete Security Solutions with the first FESS EWA Security Pathway Certificate. A fortnight after the initial Fire Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Experienced Worker Assessment (EWA) for Fire Systems, BPEC has seen another first!  Dennis Roe, a seasoned Security System installer who owns Complete Security […]

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St Helens College launches Green Energy Skills Centre

BPEC Centre, St Helens College has launched a new £500k Green Energy Skills Centre, focusing on training industry professionals and heating engineers in green energy technology. The new BPEC Centre, which provides a range of plumbing and heating courses, benefited from an investment from the Department for Education as part of the Strategic Development Fund (SDF). The […]

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Adam Biddulph named SkillPLUMB UK Champion

The SkillPLUMB 2023 UK Champion and gold medal winner has been named as 20 year old Adam Biddulph after a challenging 2-day event at Oldham College.  Adam, who is employed by Cheshire firm Meel Group and trains with Stockport College (part of the Trafford College Group) scored most highly in a complex task that involved […]

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BPEC Fire Emergency and Security Systems Experienced Worker Assessment 

For over three decades, BPEC has diligently evaluated, advanced, and certified the expertise of thousands of individuals within the building services engineering (BSE) sector.  Matt Skelding, Head of Operations and Development said “Our accomplishments within BSE have consistently set significant benchmarks, a testament to which was the invitation to apply to deliver the end-point assessment […]

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Smart Gas Training & Assessment hosts BPEC Visit

BPEC’s CEO, Neil Collishaw and Business Development Manager, Angela Gask recently visited Smart Gas Training & Assessment at its busy training facility near Ashbourne in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. Neil and Angela were given a tour of the centre by Adam Kolaszynski, Operations & Compliance Manager and Matthew Mellor, Trainer/Assessor, visiting best-in-class training facilities and […]

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SkillPLUMB UK Champion wins Bronze Medal at EuroSkills event

Our 2022 SkillPLUMB UK Champion, Ruben Duggan, triumphed at Europe’s largest skills competition, EuroSkills in Gdańsk earlier in the month by becoming Bronze Medallist for Plumbing and Heating. Ruben, aged 21, from Blackwood in South Wales, who works for Powerserv Ltd and studied at Coleg Y Cymoedd, was selected to join Team UK, an elite […]

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Installers can now receive certified heat pump training anywhere in Scotland

BPEC certified mobile heat pump training facility to provide heat pump training local to where installers are based A new BPEC certified approved mobile training and assessment facility, hosted by South Lanarkshire College is now available to colleges across Scotland to provide heat pump training to heating installers, with a particular focus on rural and remote […]

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Become a BPEC Governing Board Member

BPEC Certification Ltd. (BPEC) is looking for new members to join our Governing Board (GB). The GB plays an important role within BPEC to ensure all activities are carried out with integrity, impartiality and competently at all levels. The GB is responsible for ensuring robust standards are being maintained in the interest of learners, candidates, […]

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Smart Gas Training & Assessment wins Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2023

Congratulations go to BPEC centre, Smart Gas Training & Assessment for winning Apprenticeship Provider of the Year at the Education Awards 2023. Smart Gas Director, Patrick O’Sullivan said, “Since gaining BPEC approval in 2017, we have gone on to flourish and deliver a wide range of courses including the Level 3 Gas Engineering Apprenticeship. Working closely with BPEC, we’ve […]

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Who needs university when apprenticeships are better? WCoP annual lecture

BPEC’s CEO, Neil Collishaw was one of the keynote speakers at this week’s Worshipful Company of Plumbers 38th Annual Lecture which had the crucial theme of “Who needs university when apprenticeships are better?” This event was extremely successful with 130 delegates, including key industry leaders from across the country, Robin Walker MP, chair of the Commons […]

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Eastleigh College chooses BPEC for Gas Engineering & Plumbing End-point Assessments

To celebrate choosing BPEC for its Gas Engineering and Plumbing End-point Assessments going forwards, Eastleigh College hosted a visit by BPEC’s CEO, Neil Collishaw and BPEC’s SkillPLUMB Technical Lead, Paul Dodds, MBE this week. Eastleigh College, a BPEC Approved Centre for gas engineering and plumbing and heating training and assessments, has enjoyed an excellent working partnership with BPEC over […]

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Water Regulations (England and Wales) and Water Byelaws (Scotland and NI)

Course update to changes applied by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme – Approved Contractor Training and Assessment. Water Regulations & Byelaws The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999The Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 Water Regulations and Byelaws in the UK have been a fact of […]

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We’re recruiting for a Technical Manager

BPEC is looking for an exceptional person to join us as a Technical Manager.  The role is either based in our attractive and modern offices or home/field based with occasional attendance at BPEC’s Head Office in Derby (DE24). If appointed, you’ll work across the development and operations teams. The position will be diverse; playing a key role […]

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Government announces new heat pump training grant

The Department for Energy Security & Net Zero has launched a new Heat Pump Training Grant to propel the move to cleaner energy usage in homes. Over the next two years a total of £5 million will be available to support 10,000 plumbing and heating engineers in England upskill to become accredited to install heat […]

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SkillPLUMB 2023 – enter now!

Talented student plumbers are being encouraged to enter this year’s SkillPLUMB competition. The registration window is open now and runs until 24th March. During the competition, entrants will be judged on a series of challenging practical tests in a bid to be named the 2023 SkillPLUMB champion. The event is the only industry competition aligned […]

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BPEC CEO to be Keynote Speaker at WCoP Annual Lecture

BPEC’s CEO, Neil Collishaw will be a keynote speaker at the highly anticipated Worshipful Company of Plumbers’ Annual Lecture on Monday 15 May at the Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park, London. Each year the Worshipful Company of Plumbers’ lecture is held to inform and inspire attendees from across the plumbing and heating industry, with […]

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BPEC Awarding Organisation Approach to Awarding in 2022-23

Reminder Adaptations are no longer permitted In the 2021-22 academic year, several adaptations were in place to support the continuation of training and assessment in response to public health restrictions for BPEC registered learners expecting to take assessments during this period. In preparation for the 2022-23 academic year Ofqual announced for vocational and technical qualifications […]

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Your guide to the End-point Assessment in security and fire

A BPEC overview of the End-point Assessment that apprentices must pass to become fully qualified for the Fire, Emergency & Security Systems (FESS) Apprenticeship Standard. The Fire, Emergency & Security Systems (FESS) Apprenticeship Standard was introduced in 2017 as part of wide-ranging Government reforms to apprentice training and assessment. Whilst apprenticeships are generally well-understood, the ‘End-point Assessment’ […]

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BPEC CEO visits Ideal’s new National Training and Technology Centre

Photo shows (L to R) Mally Butters, BPEC’s Business Area Manager, Andrew Johnson, Ideal Heating’s Training Director, Neil Collishaw, BPEC’s CEO, Matt Skelding, BPEC’s Head of Operations & Development, and Matthew Brookes, Ideal Heating’s Training Manager Ideal Heating welcomed CEO of BPEC, Neil Collishaw, to its new National Training and Technology Centre on January 31st. […]

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Updated Domestic Ventilation material

BPEC has updated its Domestic Ventilation material to reflect the changes to Approved Document F and, where applicable, Building Standards Technical Handbook 2020 – Ventilation for Scotland. The course material is designed to meet the requirements of the manufacturers for the installation, inspection, testing, commissioning, and provision of information for fixed Domestic Ventilation Systems for […]

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Domestic Gas Foundation Managed Learner Programme (DGF MLP)

Update from the BPEC Services team (Learning Materials and Learning Materials): Following extensive consultation, the requirements for the DGF MLP (training requirements for new entrants to the gas industry-domestic gas) has been updated by EU Skills. The new requirements took effect on 1/9/22 and are stipulated in IGEM/IG/1 and IGEM/IG/1 Supplement 2. As a result, […]

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Connor Cruden wins Medal of Excellence

Connor Cruden, from Cowie Plumbing and Heating, was awarded the Medallion for Excellence at this year’s WorldSkills plumbing contest after a two-year wait to take part in the global showcase. Connor won his place in the international contest when he was an apprentice and became the SkillPLUMB champion in 2019. After a tightly fought contest, […]

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BPEC – Instilling Pride Through Achievement 

While 2022 saw the 30th anniversary, the BPEC team worked through the year to define how the organisation will operate on the next stage of our journey. Neil Collishaw, BPEC’s CEO said “With a clear focus on customers and quality, our new Pillars, Vision and Mission are all statements of intention, that we will deliver against […]

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BPEC Training Provider is Ofsted Good

Since being established in 2016, Smart Gas Training & Assessment Centre in Ashbourne has grown to be one of the leading training providers in the East Midlands, delivering the Level 3 Gas Engineering Apprenticeship to train the next generation of plumbing & heating professionals. The Training Centre was subject to an Ofsted inspection towards the end of 2022, […]

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Ruben Duggan announced as SkillPLUMB 2022 champion

Ruben Duggan won the Gold Medal and was named SkillPLUMB 2022 champion at the recent two-day WorldSkills UK final at Middlesborough College. Employed by Powerserv Ltd and trained by Coleg y Cymoedd, Ruben can be seen in the photograph, second from the right, with the other finalists and Nic Drew of main sponsor Monument Tools (centre). […]

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BPEC Awarding Organisation is expanding its External Quality Assurance (EQA) Team

The BPEC Awarding Organisation is recruiting External Quality Assurers in the Plumbing, Renewable Fuels and Gas sectors to monitor the quality of assessments delivered by our Centres, to ensure BPEC qualifications are delivered in-line with regulatory requirements. BPEC Awarding Organisation – External Quality Assurer (EQA) Job Description Although EQA experience is not necessary, you must […]

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BPEC: leading the way in green skills development

The drive for renewable energy and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels is, now more than ever, at the forefront of the UK Government’s ‘Net Zero Strategy’. With the increase in renewable energy comes the need for training and qualifications to ensure we have a workforce with the ‘green skills’ to install zero and low carbon […]

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No fast track to gas safety says BPEC 

Beware of training providers that offer short cuts to becoming a gas engineer without giving learners the proper work experience or time needed to gain vital skills and knowledge, says BPEC.  There are two primary training routes for new entrants looking to become a gas engineer: the Gas Engineering Apprenticeship or the Gas Managed Learning […]

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BPEC launches new video for End-point Assessment

We’ve developed a new video to share the benefits of choosing BPEC as your End-point Assessment Organisation. This video explains how BPEC provides a quality, robust and cost-effective solution by working closely with many of the UK’s leading employers, colleges, and other industry stakeholders, assessing the knowledge, skills and behaviours acquired by apprentices – plus […]

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BPEC supports new PHSP training advice 

BPEC has been proud to support the launch of new and comprehensive advice on the correct routes to becoming a qualified plumbing and heating engineer.  Available on the Plumbing & Heating Skills Partnership (PHSP) website and aimed at both school leavers and career changers, the guidance maps out straightforward messages on what qualifications and training […]

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BPEC supports Staffordshire training provider

Achieve Training – ‘Giving apprentices more’ – from Domestic Gas Foundation MLPs to delivering End-point Assessments (EPAs) Background Based in Stoke-on-Trent, Achieve Training is the award-winning training arm of social housing group Aspire Housing. A social enterprise, Achieve Training supports adults into employment, creates practical apprenticeships, and helps businesses to upskill their workforce. Achieve Training […]

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BPEC Electrical Energy Storage Systems (EESS) Training & Assessment

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the EESS course developed in collaboration with MCS. It is specifically aimed at existing practicing electricians, electrical technicians, and engineers with experience of electrical installations and associated inspection and testing, giving them the necessary training to upskill to install Electrical Energy Storage Systems. EESS installations can be carried out only by competent, qualified […]

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Record year for SkillPLUMB entries 

A record number of entrants have taken part in the 2022 qualifying heats of SkillPLUMB, the industry’s prestigious plumbing skills competition aligned to WorldSkills UK.   After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event is back for this year and has so far held an impressive programme of seven heats that took place […]

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BPEC partner Burnley College’s BSE division goes from strength to strength

Photo shows (from L to R) Neil Collishaw, BPEC CEO, David Lloyd, Burnley College Head of Division, Stephen Dobney, Burnley College Curriculum Manager, and Kevin Clark, BPEC Business Area Manager, Awarding & EPAO BPEC’s Chief Executive Officer, Neil Collishaw and Business Area Manager, Kevin Clark heard of some exciting new developments and plans for the Building Services Engineering (BSE) […]

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Elements Training & Assessment hosts BPEC at Stourbridge Centre

Photo shows (L to R) Matt Stonehouse, Owner & Director, Elements Training and Neil Collishaw, CEO, BPEC The latest stop of BPEC’s customer service tour saw Chief Executive Officer, Neil Collishaw and Business Development Manager, Angela Gask visit Elements Training & Assessment, a leading private training provider in Stourbridge. Elements has been a loyal and trusted […]

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SkillPLUMB 2024 – enter now!  

Talented student plumbers are being encouraged to enter this year’s SkillPLUMB competition. The registration window is open now and runs until 28 March.   During the competition, entrants will be judged on a series of challenging practical tests in a bid to be named the 2024 SkillPLUMB champion. The event is the only industry competition aligned to the […]

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BPEC Fire Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Sector – The UK’s First Successful Experienced Worker Assessment

BPEC is proud to announce the first experienced worker in the UK has successfully completed the FESS Experienced Worker Assessment (EWA). Sam Manton who works for Spire Security Ltd., a London based company, attended Banham Academy’s Assessment Centre in Derby, where he undertook the practical assessment, professional discussion, and knowledge assessment. Sam’s assessment took place […]

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Patrick O’Sullivan, Smart Gas Training and Assessment

“A key benefit of working with BPEC is the ongoing support, advice and guidance they provide in terms of getting the apprentices ready for EPA. They offer non-mandatory products that fit seamlessly into our gas engineering apprenticeship standard programme. The BPEC roadmap for EPAs is easy to follow for providers, apprentices and employers.”

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SkillPLUMB UK Finalists confirmed

The eight student plumbers who will be taking part in the SkillPLUMB UK final after excelling at the national qualifying heats have been named:   Top row L-R Bottom row L-R  All will now go head-to-head on 15-16th November at Oldham College as part of the WorldSkills UK National Finals, where 50 competitions will take place […]

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