Iain Winnard, nominated for Argyllshire-based SNIPEF training services, wins ‘Best Plumbing Apprentice’ award at BPEC’s annual Excellence Awards


Iain Winnard, a recently qualified plumber from Argyllshire, was named ‘Best Apprentice Plumber’ by the British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC), the nationally recognized training body at its annual awards ceremony excellence 2021 last week. (Wednesday 08 December).

This award recognizes an apprentice who has adapted to the challenges of learning during a pandemic and applied the learning to real work situations.

Nominated by SNIPEF Training Services (STS), the training arm of the Plumbing Employers’ Federation of Scotland and Northern Ireland (SNIPEF), Iain, 27, apprenticed with SNIPEF member company Blair Plumbing and Heating Solutions, based in Lochgilphead.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to have received this award and I want to thank everyone at SNIPEF for their support over the years and for nominating me. I couldn’t have asked for more during my apprenticeship. SNIPEF has been really good for me.

“I must also thank my employer, Graeme Blair, and the rest of the Blair Plumbing and Heating Solutions team who gave me, during my apprenticeship, the opportunity to learn my trade to the highest standards. .

“Finally, I would like to thank Glasgow Clyde College – Cardonald Campus for all their hard work during my apprenticeship and most importantly for continuing the online course throughout the lockdown. They really went the extra mile to keep me and my classmates updated. “

Graeme said, “Iain has always worked hard, aiming to be the best at his job. He is a credit to himself, his family and the profession of plumber. As a member of SNIPEF for many years, I encourage all plumbing companies across Scotland to take full advantage of the STS training program to prepare their apprentices to become first class craftsmen.

As a student at Glasgow Clyde College, Iain won the Apprentice of the Year award, nominated by the college, supported by SNIPEF, and was also nominated for the Hammerman Award. This award is given to a young engineer who has carried out a project that has benefited both his company and the industry.

Like many other apprentices, Iain has adapted to work effectively and efficiently during the pandemic, he excelled in his accomplishment, not only by obtaining his Modern Apprenticeship Diploma in Home Plumbing and Heating, but also by sharing and helping others to do the same by offering advice and support.

Dale Thomson, manager of apprenticeship training at SNIPEF, said:

“Iain is passionate about what he does and is ready to help the industry in any way he can and we at SNIPEF are delighted that his many qualities have been recognized by the judges at BPEC. “

SNIPEF CEO Fiona Hodgson said:

“Iain is a true role model for the growing number of people who appreciate the opportunity of an apprenticeship in plumbing and we are delighted that he has been named the best apprentice plumber by BPEC. “

SNIPEF Training Services (STS) and Scotland’s College Task Group, also won a highly regarded award for the best use of plumbing technology for the work that has been undertaken to create new online assessments to ensure that over 850 apprentices were able to stay on track with their Modern Learning during the global pandemic.

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