About BPEC / Trade Alliances
BPEC is working closely with a range of organisations in the UK and abroad. Below you will find a selection of these trade organisations and links to their websites.
Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation
SNIPEF is the federation for plumbing employers throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland. The organisation runs such schemes as the Modern Apprenticeship Programme and the Pension Scheme for plumbing operatives. Access SNIPEF’s website to learn more about their services.
Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is the leading Association for the Plumbing and Heating Industry in England and Wales. APHC represent members across England and Wales, from large companies working on commercial projects, to sole traders working in domestic properties. To read more about APHC, please visit:
SummitSkills is the Sector Skills Council for the Building Engineering Services Sector.
This organisation is responsible for careers information for the entire sector, including plumbing. For plumbing careers information, please call SummitSkills’s Careers Info helpline at 0800 0688 336.
Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association
The HVCA represents the interests of firms active in the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (hvacr) products and equipment. Read more about them at:
The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering
CIPHE is the professional and technical body for the UK plumbing and heating industry. It is a registered educational charity, which promotes high standards of plumbing and heating engineering to the public and those within the industry.
World Plumbing Council
The mission of the World Plumbing Council is to unite the world plumbing industry to safeguard and protect the environment and the health of nations, for the benefit of all. To read more about WPC, please visit their website at:
Energy & Utility Skills
Energy & Utility Skills are the Sector Skills Council for the electricity, gas, waste management and water industries. Employer-led, our purpose is to identify employers’ skills needs and provide effective solutions to improve business performance. EU Skills are Secretariat to the Industry Liaison Group.