Some 50 guests joined the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering’s (CIPHE) President Paul Williams’ special dinner, held on the 8 March at the Founders Hall, London, when education and career development was the theme of the evening
The dinner was attended by prominent figures from organisations serving the plumbing and heating industry, with Jonathan Edwards MP, Member of Parliament for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr, as 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 the 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.
He 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 the CIPHE, are pleased to be working with industry colleagues and employers on the development of the Plumbing and Heating Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship.”
After thinking, colleagues, friends and family, Paul finished his speech by saying, “This Presidency has been the highlight of my plumbing career. I can’t let it go by without saying a massive thank you to all who are in attendance and to those members who have supported me.”
Picture shows: Paul Williams, CIPHE President (left), with Jonathan Edwards MPCIPHE | ciphe.org.uk