Stay tuned for the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year 2019

Last year’s winner, Anthony Iacovazzo, from City College Norwich

For the past decade, HIP Magazine has travelled across seven regions of the UK on a quest to find the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year – and the search will soon begin again for 2019.

The finalists consist of the seven regional heat winners and the highest runner-up overall scorer, so there will be eight people participating in each final in total.

They had to follow a diagram to the millimetre and install a toilet, two radiators, a Vaillant boiler with a MagnaClean, a Mira Showers shower and a Wilo pump.

Prizes supplied by competition sponsors were worth a staggering £9,000 up for grabs.

Platinum sponsor ADEY alone gave the winner £1,000 in cash and their college £1,000 also, as well as a MagnaClean kit.

The runner-up and their college received £500 cash – combined with the prizes donated by the gold, silver and bronze sponsors, the amount the winner, runner-up, ‘most improved’ and each finalist take home is spectacular.

Last year’s winner, Anthony Iacovazzo, from City College Norwich, said: “I thought I was dreaming at first. The quality of the other lads’ work was unreal. I knew it would be close but I didn’t think I’d get it!

“I didn’t want to do the job I was doing for the rest of my life so I did a plumbing course and I’ve never looked back since.”

If all of this has sparked your interest and you’d like to enter next year, keep an eye on our website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay posted on how you can enter the competition. We’d love to see you there!