SNIPEF celebrates a successful #ScotAppWeek21

March 5, 2021

As Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 comes to a close, SNIPEF has enjoyed celebrating the exceptional work of our apprentices with a daily entry from The Diary of a SNIPEF Apprentice by Iain Winnard of Blair Plumbing Ltd and a #ThanksForTheChance story by Ross Dickinson of Kibosh Ltd.

It’s never been more important to show our support for apprenticeships and Scottish Apprenticeship Week has been a time for SNIPEF to share the value apprenticeships can bring to individuals, employers and the economy.

The Diary of a SNIPEF Apprentice has been a real highlight this week and will continue to be a great source of information for those who are perhaps considering an apprenticeship, but not too sure what it would be like. By sharing his experience at college, with his employer and his day-to-day activities, future & prospective apprentices can imagine what it would be like, and see how fulfilling this career has been, through Iain’s passion for his career and gratitude for the experience.

The theme of this week’s #ScotAppWeek21 was #BusinessBackingTalent and Iain’s employer Graeme at Blair Plumbing Ltd explains that taking on apprentices gives you the opportunity to ‘Grow your own’ members of staff to meet your business needs, as well as being beneficial for the apprentice to fully understand what is required to be a competent operative within a small firm and feel very much as a valued member of the team.

After the success of Iain, who is a top tradesman and will thrive in this industry, the company are looking to help another younger person get the opportunity to get started in an exciting industry, as they enjoy training the apprentice and watching their skills developing on each job.

This #ScotAppWeek21 was a moment for apprentices, past & present, to take a moment to thank the people who helped them as apprentices, with #ThanksForTheChance.

SNIPEF were proud to introduce you to Ross Dickinson, a SNIPEF Associate Member and former SNIPEF apprentice, who left school with no qualifications, and who now, thanks to a successful career stemming from the skills he acquired as a time-served plumber, he is the designer, developer and patent holder of the Kibosh, a rapid repair clamp and rapid pipe freezing clamp which helps tradespeople and householders solve the tricky problem of a burst pipe until a professional plumber can take over and finish the job permanently.

Ross explains he is grateful to Mr Ronnie Walter, owner of RA Walter Plumbing & Heating and also the financial support from SNIPEF, which led him to be named SNIPEF Apprentice of the Year.

Ross says “So, in this Scottish Apprenticeship Week, I can thoroughly recommend a plumbing apprenticeship to anyone who wants a trade that is always in demand, provides a good living, and allows you to apply your skills to the benefit of every member of the community.”

Congratulations to all our apprentices for their exceptional work and dedication, particularly this last year.

For more information about apprenticeships, contact or call 0131 524 1245.

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