Winner of BBC’s The Apprentice and owner of ImpraGas, Joseph Valente was on hand yesterday (Thursday 28 April) to help crown the winner of the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition at ADEY Professional Heating Solutions’ Head Office.

The two-day grand final of the nationwide competition, now in its eighth year, was hosted by the event’s main sponsor ADEY, at its state-of-the-art Training and Conference Centre. Organised by Heating Installers and Plumbers (HIP), the annual competition supports heating and plumbing apprentices entering the trade.

The seven regional finalists had to complete an assignment to install a hot water cylinder, bar shower, system boiler, radiators, pipework and an ADEY MagnaClean Professional2 magnetic filter within the allotted 10 hours.

An extremely high standard of work saw judges Tony Kite, Competition Judge, Glenn Scholfield from Pegler Yorkshire, Glenn Stonehouse, Technical Sales and Training Support at ADEY Professional Heating Solutions and HIP Magazine Managing Editor and event organiser, Celia Matthews deliberate long and hard. The winner was eventually crowned as Jack Miller from Hull College. Ewan McGregor from Chichester College was chosen as a well deserved runner up.

A packed programme of speakers ran alongside the main competition which included a talk from special guest, Joseph Valente, followed by a question and answer session for visiting students who were able to gain valuable insight from The Apprentice winner’s experience in the HVAC sector.

“When I heard my name announced, I was shocked but over the moon,” said Jack Miller. “It was a really tough two days but it’s been a fantastic competition to be involved in as it’s really tested the skills I’ve learnt so far at college.”

“This is the third year we’ve been involved with the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition, and it’s now well established as an excellent platform to showcase talent. The competition is getting tougher and tougher each year so it was a very difficult job for the judges to pick a winner,” said ADEY’s Chairman, Kelvin Stevens.

“We were delighted Joseph was able to join us to announce the winner. He’s a fantastic role model for the students, and his support for apprenticeships within our industry has got to be a good thing.

“We’re keen to lend a hand to those starting out in their careers and ensure they’re given the help and support they need, so we’re only too pleased to host the final at our Training and Conference Centre.”

Celia Matthews adds: “To have the continued support of sponsors like ADEY has allowed us to grow the competition in the eight years it’s been running.

“The improved standard is testament to the hard work the colleges put in to ensure their apprentices receive the very best training. All the finalists and their lecturers must be congratulated for even getting this far but a special mention must go to this year’s winner, Jack Miller.”