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Training and Apprenticeships 2017 SNIPEF SkillPlumb Apprentice Competition Dundee & Angus College will be the venue for the 2017 Annual SNIPEF SkillPlumb Plumbing Apprentice Competition. Organised by SNIPEF, the 42nd annual competition will take place in early June 2017, the final date is yet to be confirmed. COLLEGES AND Training Centres across Scotland, who teach the SVQ Level 3 in Domestic Plumbing can enter their best student in this prestigious event. The maximum number of Competitors is 15, entries will be accepted on a first come basis. Entry forms will be sent out to the Colleges shortly. On day one competitors will be put through their paces with a testing New era begins for education and training in the UK Plumbing and Domestic Heating Industry In view of the imminent closure of SummitSkills, the Plumbing Industry’s leading organisations APHC, BPEC and SNIPEF have worked together to establish the Plumbing and Heating Skills Partnership (PHSP). THIS NEW Skills Partnership will have a UK focus and be led by employers from the plumbing and heating industry; and will take over responsibility for the skills needs of the industry as from 01 April 2017. The PHSP will work closely with other industry and government News in brief PLUMBERS MERCHANT William Wilson and Mira Showers recently awarded plumbing and heating engineer Douglas Miller of Kinross a £5000.00 prize in a Scotland wide competition. Branch Manager of William Wilson in Perth Scott Hobson said: “I was delighted to hear Douglas had won this fantastic prize. He’s been a loyal customer for many years and he’s a popular customer with my staff. We’re all very pleased for him.” • exercise in copper pipe bending, joining and installation. The following day the competition continues with a lead bossing exercise and a multiple choice question paper on all aspects of plumbing. The competition specification calls for the competitors to produce neat and accurate work to rigorous tolerances, all completed within a tight time schedule. The competitors work is judged by an independent panel of judges. The highest scorers from all the UK heats (of which the Scottish competition is one) will be invited to take part in the UK SkillPlumb competition at the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham in November 2017. Funding for the Scottish Competition comes from The Plumbing Joint Industry Board (JIB), BPEC (The British Plumbing Employers’ Council) and SNIPEF. • organisations that have a keen interest in skills to help meet the needs of our industry. Andrew Beaumont, Chairman of the APHC said: “We are very much looking forward to the Plumbing and Heating Industry taking full responsibility for meeting the education and training needs of those who work in the industry” . George Thomson, Chairman of BPEC reiterated this by further saying: “We see the new Skills Partnership as a unique opportunity for employers to be at the very heart of identifying and meeting the skills needs in a complex and rapidly changing world”. And Brian Warrender, President of SNIPEF, concluded by saying: “We believe the PHSP represents an exciting new era for the Plumbing and Heating Industry and we are very much looking forward to the challenges ahead”. The APHC, BPEC and SNIPEF on behalf of the plumbing industry would like to thank the staff at SummitSkills for leading on the development of the BSE sectors standards, qualifications and apprenticeships over many years. More information on the Plumbing and Heating Skills Partnership will be available soon, in the meantime please contact any of the following if you would like further details: APHC, John Thompson E: info@aphc.co.uk BPEC, Paul Johnson E: info@bpec.org.uk SNIPEF, Duncan Wilson E: phsp@snipef.org • 18 Spring 2017


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