Education and career development vital

Paul Williams, with Jonathan Edwards MP (right), said: “This Presidency has been the highlight of my plumbing career.”

Paul Williams, with Jonathan Edwards MP (right), said: “This Presidency has been the highlight of my plumbing career.”

Education and career development was the theme of this year’s Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering’s (CIPHE) ‘Dinner with the President’.

Held at the Founders Hall, London, 50 guests joined President Paul Williams to a special dinner, celebrating his tenure in the Institute’s most coveted position.

The dinner was attended by prominent figures from organisations serving the plumbing and heating industry, with Jonathan Edwards, MP for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr, guest speaker.

Paul took to the stage to discuss his career and the way it interweaved with CIPHE membership right from the very start of his apprenticeship. He emphasised how CIPHE was developing clear paths of career progression, not just in the UK but worldwide, so that those just starting out as an apprentice could follow a structured route to strive for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Paul also commented that “training has got to be fit for purpose” and on the role the Institute was taking in regard to enhancing apprenticeships. “Education and training are vital for the future of our industry, and we at CIPHE, are pleased to be working with industry colleagues and employers on the development of the Plumbing and Heating Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship.”

The President went on to talk about the current positive buzz around the industry, and the amazing support he’s received from CIPHE Industrial Associates. Paul also covered the recent improvements which have been made to the CIPHE’s technical provision and the satisfaction he has gained while working on CIPHE campaigns to help safeguard the vulnerable.