The HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year Competition kicked off earlier this month and with four incredibly talented finalists already lined up, the final promises to be the event of the year.

HIP Magazine has travelled to colleges in Newcastle, Burnley, Devon and Swansea so far in their quest to find this year’s winner.

Three more regional heats will take place throughout February before the Grand Final which will be held on 25th and 26th April at the ADEY Training and Conference Centre.

Here is the list of finalists so far:

North East – Jonathan Caisley, Tyne Metropolitan College

North West – Luke Jones, Coleg Llandrillo

South West – Tom Moys, PETROC

Wales – Luke Evans, Gower College Swansea

There will be eight finalists in total attending the two-day final, which will consist of all seven regional heat winners and the highest overall scorer.

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

The dates of the remaining heats are as follows:

Midlands – Stephenson College, Tuesday 13th February

South East – West Herts College, Thursday 15h February

Northern Ireland – Belfast Metropolitan College, Wednesday 28th February

Competition judge Tony Kite said: “The students we have seen in the competition so far should be very proud of themselves for their hard work. The final will see some very skilled students going head-to-head from what we have already seen and I wish all of the competitors in the upcoming regional heats good luck.”

For more information about the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year Competition, please visit http://www.hip-magazine.co.uk/apprentice-of-the-year/