The search for the next HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year 2018 has begun

Since 2009, the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition has given students a chance to be recognised for their hard work and skills, whilst at the same time providing a great opportunity for lecturers and leading industry manufacturers to get involved and support the next generation of installers.

Alongside the prestige for both student and college of winning a UK competition, there’s a fantastic list of prizes worth over £9000 which have been donated by well known industry names including Platinum sponsor ADEY, Gold sponsor Copper Initiative, Silver sponsor Vaillant and Bronze sponsors Graham The Plumbers’ Merchant, Mira Showers, Pegler Yorkshire, Corgi & Wilo.

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

How can you enter?

You can enter one Level 2 or 3 student per college or campus to take part in a regional heat, provided they are 24 or under (at the time of application) and they’ve successfully completed last year’s test paper which can be downloaded here. Why not hold an in-house competition?

The closing date for entries is 1st December 2017. Enter the competition here.

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

North East – Newcastle College, Tuesday 16th January 2018

North West – Burnley College, Thursday 18th January 2018

South West – Petroc College, Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Wales – Gower College Swansea, Thursday 25th January 2018

Midlands – Stephenson College, Tuesday 13th February 2018

South East – West Herts College, Thursday 15th February 2018

Northern Ireland – Belfast Metropolitan College, Wednesday 28th February 2018

What happens next?

Each regional heat winner, plus the student who has received the highest overall regional score, will go forward to the grand final which will be held at the ADEY Training and Conference Centre in Cheltenham on 25th – 26th April 2018.