SNIPEF Training Services nominee shortlisted for “Best Plumbing Apprentice”

December 2, 2021

SNIPEF Training Services nominee Iain Winnard from Argyllshire is shortlisted for “Best Plumbing Apprentice” at BPEC’s annual Awards for Excellence ceremony


Iain Winnard, a recently qualified plumber from Argyllshire, has been shortlisted as “Best Plumbing Apprentice” by BPEC, the nationally recognised training organisation which is set to hold its annual Awards for Excellence 2021 ceremony on Wednesday 08 December. This award recognises an apprentice that has adapted to the challenges of learning during a pandemic and applied the learning to real work situations.

Nominated by SNIPEF Training Services (STS) Iain, 21, served his apprenticeship with SNIPEF member company, Lochgilphead-based Blair Plumbing and Heating Solutions

Dale Thomson, Apprentice Training Manager at SNIPEF, said: “STS believes that Iain meets the criteria for this award for several reasons.

“During his time at Glasgow Clyde College he won the College nominated Apprentice of the Year Award supported by SNIPEF and was nominated for the Hammerman Award, which goes to a young engineer who has led a project which benefited both his company and the industry.

“Like many other apprentices, Iain had to adapt to working during the pandemic but has excelled, not only in achieving his Modern Apprenticeship qualification in Domestic Plumbing and Heating, but also in sharing and helping others to do the same by offering advice and support.

“Iain’s apprenticeship was impacted by COVID-19 and he had reduced work, was on furlough, and had to adapt to new online college teaching, before returning to work full time in June this year and completing his ACS Gas assessments to become a fully qualified plumber on 20August 2021.

“During the latter period, Iain volunteered to do a weeklong case study A Week in The Life of an Apprentice Plumber which was promoted by STS during Scottish Apprenticeship Week to extol the Plumbing and Heating Industry, and to encourage more people to become plumbers, as well as encouraging more plumbing businesses to recruit apprentices.

“In addition he volunteered to be a speaker at SNIPEF’s first ever apprenticeship employer webinar ‘How to Recruit an Apprenticeship Plumber. This was attended by over 50 employers and Iain shared his apprenticeship journey, giving a talk on the benefits of recruiting plumbers, which was exceptionally well received.

“Iain is passionate about what he does and is willing to help the industry in any way he can. Based on all of these factors we believe he deserves to be recognised.”

Fiona Hodgson, Chief Executive of SNIPEF, said: “Iain is a role model for the increasing numbers of people who value the opportunity that a plumbing apprenticeship provides. It not only sets them on the path to a well-paid and satisfying career but also one in which they can make a difference to the world we live in.

“We anticipate big things ahead for this young man and, as a fine representative of both his employer and STS, we wish him the best of luck at the BPEC awards ceremony.”

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