The search has begun for the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year 2017 and with a new regional heat added in Northern Ireland, it promises to be yet another exciting quest.

Launched in 2009, the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competitions gives students the chance to be recognised for their hard work and skills. It’s a great opportunity for lecturers, employers, industry leaders and manufacturers to get involved and support the next generation of installers.

Apart from the prestige for both student and college of winning a UK competition, there’s a fantastic list of prizes worth over £9000, provided by big industry names including Platinum sponsor ADEY Professional Heating Solutions, Gold sponsor Copper Initiative, Silver sponsor Vaillant and Bronze sponsors Graham The Plumbers’ Merchant, Mira Showers, Pegler Yorkshire and Corgi.

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Left to right: BBC’s The Apprentice 2015 winner Joseph Valente, the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year 2016 winner Jack Miller from Hull College and Kelvin Stevens, the Non Executive Director of ADEY Professional Heating Solution at the last competition final.

How can you enter?

You can enter one Level 2 or 3 student to take part in one of seven regional heats providing the student is not older than 24, and they’ve successfully completed last year’s test paper which can be downloaded here. Why not hold an in-house competition?


Chosen students will then be invited with their lecturers to attend one of the regional events around the UK where they’ll spend the day competing against other students on practical tasks.

The dates and venues of the regional heats are as follows;

  • North East – Newcastle College Tuesday 17th January 2017
  • North West – Burnley College Thursday 19th January 2017
  • South West – Petroc College Tuesday 31st January 2017
  • Wales – Bridgend College Thursday 2nd February 2017
  • Midlands – Stephenson College Tuesday 14th February 2017
  • South East – Uxbridge College Thursday 16th February 2017
  • Northern Ireland – Belfast Metropolitan College Thursday 2nd March 2017

What happens then?

The winner of each regional heat, plus the person who has received the highest score overall from all of the seven regional heats, will then go forward to the grand final which will be held at the ADEY Professional Heating Solutions’ Training and Conference Centre in Cheltenham on 29th & 30th March 2017.