The search will soon begin for the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year 2018 and it promises to be yet another exciting quest.

Launched in 2009, the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition 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.

Left to right: James from plumberparts.co.uk, 2017 winner Tayla Wileman from Burton and South Derbyshire College, and Glenn Stonehouse from ADEY

Left to right: James from plumberparts.co.uk, 2017 winner Tayla Wileman from Burton and South Derbyshire College, and Glenn Stonehouse from ADEY

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,  Silver sponsor Vaillant and Bronze sponsor Graham The Plumbers’ Merchant.

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?

Applicants 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.

Keep checking this page to find out when and where the regional heats will take place.

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 Training and Conference Centre in Cheltenham.