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ISSUE 02 | July 2015

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We're pleased to launch our second edition of The BPEC Brief, our newsletter to keep you up to date with news and policy updates affecting the training and FE sector. If you have any colleagues that might also find this of interest, please ask them to sign up and forward this email to them.

We hope you found the first edition of interest - our articles below follow in the same theme. Are there any particular issues you'd like to see featured here? Please let us know! We'll be publishing The BPEC Brief three times a year, so if you'd like to see something in the next edition - please contact us

Government kick-starts plans to reach 3 million apprenticeships

The term ‘apprenticeship’ will be protected in law, the government has announced. With over 2.2 million apprenticeships created since 2010 to help establish the UK as the fastest growing economy in the G7, the government will also enshrine in law its commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. Read more...

Up to $10,000 on offer via World Plumbing Council Scholarship

The World Plumbing Council has launched the WPC Education and Training Scholarship Program for 2015. All members of the plumbing industry are invited to apply - each scholarship provides up to US$10,000 in funding to cover expenses for the duration of the program.

The scholarships are intended to provide for an educational exchange between countries focusing on plumbing industry training, while at the same time exposing the participants to new technologies and innovations in training systems.

Osborne announces apprenticeship levy for large businesses

A levy on large businesses to help fund apprenticeship growth has been announced by Chancellor George Osborne. According to Treasury documents, the levy will “provide funding that each employer can use to meet their individual needs”. They go on to say: “The funding will be directly controlled by employers via the digital apprenticeships voucher, and firms that are committed to training will be able to get back more than they put in." Read more...

Changes to CDM Regulations

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) now apply to all installers, including those who work in occupied domestic properties.

These new Regulations mean that almost everybody involved in construction projects has a legal duty to ensure the safety of themselves and others. Competent plumbers have been doing this for years, as part of good workmanship and this is now a legal requirement.

The rules come under Regulation 7 of the CDM's page 21. To download a free copy of the CDM Regulations go to the HSE website.

Technical and vocational qualifications for 14- to 19-year-olds

Lists of technical and vocational qualifications approved for teaching from September 2015 and reporting in 2017 performance tables. Read more...

The future of education inspection: understanding the changes

Summary of the changes to the way Ofsted will inspect schools, further education and skills and early years provision from September 2015. Read more...

CIPHE launches publication on scald prevention and Legionella

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has published the Safe Water Guide, a booklet that focuses on scald prevention and Legionella. Read more...

Investment in training is essential to keep RHI momentum

The plumbing and heating industry is being called to keep awareness of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) high on the agenda by proactively encouraging greater levels of installer training and mentorship support. Read more...

Scotland: Guide for Board Members in the College Sector

'Future of colleges': New guidance for members of further education governing bodies More than 100 representatives from Scotland's college boards met in Edinburgh in June to launch a new guide to support them in meeting their responsibilities. Read more...

Scotland low carbon heat plans published

The Scottish Government has published its Heat Policy Statement, setting out its approach to working towards decarbonising the heat system along with a framework for investment in a low carbon heat sector. Read more...

Qualifications Wales passes the test

A Bill that will establish a new body to oversee qualifications in Wales has been passed in the Senedd. The Qualifications Wales Bill will pave the way for the new, independent, expert body that will regulate awarding bodies and non-degree qualifications and oversee the integrity and rigour of the qualifications system in Wales. Read more...

Farry announces transformative NI youth training model

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has launched ‘Generating our Success: The Northern Ireland Strategy for Youth Training’. All young people aged 16–24 who require training at level 2 will be offered the opportunity to participate in the new system. Read more...

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