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Have your say in shaping the future of plumbing and heating Apprenticeships
24 Oct 2014

Employers in the industry are being invited to participate in an important electronic survey to help greatly in altering the format of Plumbing & Heating Apprenticeships for the better.


ACR Trainee of the Year - Enter Now!
22 Sep 2014

Applications are now open for the 2014 ACR Trainee of the Year Awards.


The future of Apprenticeships discussed at House of Lords event
01 Aug 2014

An audience of nearly 100 people gathered at the House of Lords on 29th July to hear the outcome of research into Apprenticeships and Professional Recognition in the plumbing and heating industry.


Apprenticeship Trailblazer Update
24 Jul 2014

SummitSkills is currently involved in the development of the new ‘Trailblazer’ Apprenticeship standard for plumbing and domestic heating.


National Heat Pump Awards 2014
04 Jul 2014

A big congratulations to all of this year’s winners and finalists of the National Heat Pump Awards...


Reviewed skills and competence guidance published
30 Jun 2014

A collaborative group representing electricians has published new Guidance outlining the skills and competences required for individuals to carry out electrical installation work within dwellings in England and Wales.


Industry research project launched
30 May 2014

An important research project to explore apprenticeships and industry perceptions of professional recognition across the plumbing and heating sector is to be carried out by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and SummitSkills.
 


SummitSkills strengthens team
31 Mar 2014

SummitSkills has appointed two new members of staff to support its work on National Occupational Standards, apprenticeships and qualifications development for the building services engineering (BSE) sector.


Low Carbon project celebrated at Westminster
26 Mar 2014

Employers investing in skills and training within the low carbon market were last night celebrated at a reception in Parliament.


Have your say on electrotechnical apprenticeship review
22 Jan 2014

A consultation has been launched to gather views on a revised standard for electrotechnical apprentices. We encourage you to take part in this important project to ensure your voice is heard.
 


Sharper focus for SummitSkills
14 Jan 2014

SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for building services engineering, is refocusing its work on the areas that give employers and the sector most direct value.
 


Winners of Awards for Excellence announced
22 Nov 2013

Exceptional skills and talent across the building services engineering sector were celebrated recently at the SummitSkills Awards for Excellence. A total of six awards were presented at craft, technician and management level to winners who had made a positive impact in their workplace through their commitment and achievements so far in their career.


SkillELECTRIC 2013 crowns Arron McCool winner
22 Nov 2013

The SkillELECTRIC 2013 competition has named 17-year-old Arron McCool from WA Pinkerton Limavady as its UK champion after three days of intense practical competition during the Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC from 14 to 16 November.


Chris Bailie wins SkillFRIDGE 2013 competition final
22 Nov 2013

The SkillFRIDGE 2013 competition has named Chris Bailie from BL Refrigeration as its UK champion after three days of intense practical competition during the Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC from 14 to 16 November.


SkillPIPE 2013 champion is Elliott Blakeley
22 Nov 2013

The SkillPIPE 2013 competition has named Elliott Blakeley from T Clarke Leeds as its UK champion after three days of intense practical competition during the Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC from 14 to 16 November.


Shane Branagan wins SkillPLUMB 2013 final
22 Nov 2013

The SkillPLUMB 2013 competition has named Shane Branagan from Martin Johnston as its UK champion after three days of intense practical competition during the Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC from 14 to 16 November.


DECC Update: RHI incentive voucher scheme launched
24 Oct 2013

DECC announced today that a £500,000 fund, aimed at raising the skill set of domestic heating engineers so they can install and maintain renewable heating systems, has been set up by Energy Secretary Edward Davey today.


SkillPIPE finalists announced
11 Oct 2013

The five competitors who will compete in the 2013 SkillPIPE UK final have been named following two challenging semi-finals earlier this year. 


SkillPLUMB finalists announced
11 Oct 2013

The ten competitors who will compete in the 2013 SkillPLUMB UK final have been named following a series of challenging regional heats earlier this year.


SkillFRIDGE finalists announced
11 Oct 2013
The six competitors who will compete in the 2013 SkillFRIDGE UK final have been named following two challenging semi-finals earlier this year. 

SkillELECTRIC finalists announced
11 Oct 2013

 The ten competitors who will compete in the 2013 SkillELECTRIC UK final have been named following a series of challenging regional heats earlier this year.


Chief Executive Keith Marshall steps down
01 Oct 2013

SummitSkills has announced today that Keith Marshall OBE is stepping down as Chief Executive of the organisation.


Study reveals demand for training provider register
30 Sep 2013

Organisations within the built environment sector would benefit from a Green Deal Training Provider Register, according to results from a study carried out by an alliance of Sector Skills Councils.


SummitSkills restructure renews focus on most valuable activities
27 Sep 2013

A restructure announced this week by SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building services engineering, will sharpen its focus on activities which bring greatest value to the sector.


SummitSkills supports Gas Safe Week 16-22 September
17 Sep 2013

SummitSkills is supporting Gas Safety Week, 16th to 22nd September, as the Gas Safe Register publishes new figures identifying the locations of the postcodes with the greatest concentration of unsafe appliances in the UK.


Safeguard future apprenticeship funding - make your views known
16 Aug 2013

Now is the time for those working in the building services engineering sector to speak up in defence of an apprenticeship funding system that works for micro-businesses as well as SMEs and large employers, SummitSkills said today.


Excellent results for UK in WorldSkills competition no surprise
19 Jul 2013

Team UK’s performance at the WorldSkills 2013 competition in Leipzig recently has confirmed the world class skills of young people working in the country’s electrotechnical, refrigeration and air conditioning and plumbing and heating roles.


Time is running out to nominate for the Awards for Excellence
16 Jul 2013

Time is running out to nominate people for the 2013 Awards for Excellence. The awards are organised by SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building services engineering, and recognise the sector’s most talented technical and professional operatives and engineers.


Work placement initiative a success as colleges take over the reins
12 Jul 2013

Employers across England recently showed their commitment to helping plumbing and electrical students get the work experience they need through the Test Drive Talent initiative. The project has been so successful that, although it has now come to an end, the methods and materials it developed are now being taken over by colleges and used to deliver increased numbers of work experience opportunities for young people who need them.


Double success at SkillELECTRIC heats
01 Jul 2013

Apprentices Paul Lang and Matthew Beasley have been crowned the winners in the last two 2013 SkillELECTRIC regional heats, held at Bridgwater College’s Energy Skills Centre on 26 and 27 June.


Umesh bags top spot at SkillFRIDGE semi-final
01 Jul 2013

Twenty-one-year-old Umesh Kara has been named the winner of the second SkillFRIDGE UK-wide semi-final, following a tough one-day event at Bridgwater College’s Energy Skills Centre on 26 June.


SkillPLUMB heats end with victorious George
01 Jul 2013

The final 2013 SkillPLUMB regional heat has named 20-year-old George Caddick as the South’s best young plumber, after a close-run event at Bridgwater College on 26 June.


DECC Update: Entrepreneurs with innovative energy efficiency, storage and low carbon generation ideas and products urged to apply to multi-million Government fund
21 Jun 2013

Entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and products in energy efficiency, storage and low carbon generation can now apply for a share of £19million of Government funding from the second phase of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund. The previous phase funded projects including energy storage, heat storage, tidal turbine testing, a thermally-insulating window and an ‘Eco power shower’.


Pipes dream at Midlands SkillELECTRIC
17 Jun 2013

The latest heat in the 2013 SkillELECTRIC competition has seen 21-year-old Carl Pipes named the Midlands’ best young electrician after a demanding event at Burton and South Derbyshire College on 12 June.


Bisby is best at SkillPIPE
17 Jun 2013

Ryan Bisby has been named the winner of the second SkillPIPE UK-wide semi-final, following a tough one-day event at Burton and South Derbyshire College on 12 June.


Martyn tops Midlands SkillPLUMB heat
17 Jun 2013

The latest heat in the 2013 SkillPLUMB competition has seen 23-year-old Martyn Lee named the Midlands’ best young plumber after a demanding event at Burton and South Derbyshire College on 12 June.


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