Apprenticeships debate scheduled for May

Participants at last year's Worshipful Company of Plumbers' lecture in London

The Worshipful Company of Plumbers’ Annual Lecture will take place on Monday 15 May at the Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park, London.

Each year the lecture is held to inform and inspire attendees from across the plumbing and heating industry.

In 2023, the event will see a number of high-profile industry leaders take to the stage for a lively debate regarding the many different routes people can take to start a career in the plumbing and heating business.

Titled “Who Needs University, When Apprenticeships are Better?” discussion will focus on the benefits of paid apprenticeships versus university, and the variety of pathways that are available to those who begin their careers by gaining hands-on work experience alongside additional training.

Keynote speakers taking part in the discussion include Carl Arntzen, CEO of Worcester Bosch, Kevin Wellman, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering and Neil Collishaw, CEO at BPEC.

Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, Air Cdre Paul Nash OBE, said: “The demand to deliver new environmentally sustainable technologies, that are required to meet the energy supply and climate change challenges we face, are huge. The big question is, can we meet this demand in time? Our eminent speakers at the 2023 lecture will set out the industry requirements, and then discuss how we need to deliver training and education to meet them as quickly and effectively as possible.”

Tickets are available for the lecture only, with light refreshments (priced £25) or for the lecture and dinner (priced £85). The event will start at 5pm, with presentations and debate taking place from 6pm onwards. The lecture will be followed by reception drinks at 7pm, and dinner at 7.30 pm. The evening will end at approximately 9.30pm.

For more information about the annual lecture and how to obtain tickets, visit

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