Successful run of industry update seminars from APHC

APHC teams up with City & Guilds to deliver seminars about building regulations changes

09 April 2014 / Be the first to comment

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) Ltd and City & Guilds have recently held four seminars at various boiler manufacturer training centres across England and Wales. The sessions were aimed at heating and plumbing professionals and the topics for discussion were the new changes to Building Regulations and education and training matters effecting plumbing and heating industry employers.  

Changes to Approved Document L1 Conservation of Fuel and Power in dwellings came into force on 1 April in England, and the Welsh Government Approved Document L1 will be introduced in July 2014. The aim of the seminars was to help installers to understand the changes and ensure that they are able to comply with the new requirements. 

City & Guilds engaged directly with employers to understand what influences and issues are affecting employers around education and training in the domestic plumbing and heating sector.  

The seminars ran on 18 March St Albans at Vokèra, 20 March Worcester at Worcester Bosch, 25 March at Newport at Coleg Gwent in association with Baxi, and 28 March Wakefield at Worcester Bosch. 

Graeme Dryden Technical Manager at APHC said: 'The seminars were very successful and an excellent way for us to speak first hand to some of our members about the important updates to building regulations and the approved document part L for England and Wales. 

'It was great to see such a good turn out on each day and the energy and enthusiasm during both discussions. Thank you to each venue for hosting us, Worcester Bosch at Worcester and Wakefield; Baxi at Coleg Gwent in Newport; Vokera at Borderlake House St Albans.'    

The seminars were held as a partnership between City & Guilds, a global leader in skills education and the primary awarding organisation for the Plumbing and Heating industry, and APHC. Graeme Dryden Technical Manager at APHC, City & Guilds Portfolio Advisors Robert Mallender and David Pye, and Portfolio Manager Salim Visram led the seminars. 

Salim commented: 'Seminar attendees engaged in lively debate on the day especially around apprentice recruitment and training access. We recognise how it important it is to put employers at the forefront of qualification development and we look forward to gaining even more insight in the next series of seminars in September.' 

Four seminars will run again in September with a brand new technical topic. To book your place or to find out more contact 0121 711 5030 or email 

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