Our search for the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year 2019 is over...

Throughout January and February we travelled across seven regions of the UK in search of our 2019 winner. The winner of each regional heat and the highest runner-up overall scorer went on to the grand final, which took place at the ADEY head office. After a 12-hour test over two days, Lewis Blakely from Coleg y Cymoedd was crowned as the winner!

Photos from the competition can be found at the bottom of the page.

The HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year finalists

North East – Ben Fairbairn, Northumberland College

North West – Edward Jackson, Bradford College

South West – Ryan Fellowes, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

Wales – Lewis Blakely, Coleg y Cymoedd

Northern Ireland – Leonard Keown, South West College

Midlands – Max Murless, Rotherham College

South East – Isabella Stagg, West Suffolk College

Highest scoring runner-up – Joseph Worthington, Petroc

Alongside the prestige for both the winning student and winning college, there was a fantastic list of prizes worth up to £10,000 up for grabs. The prizes were donated by well-known industry names including Platinum sponsor ADEY, Gold sponsor STANLEY, Silver sponsor Vaillant and Bronze sponsors WAGO, Graham The Plumbers’ Merchant, Pegler Yorkshire, Mira Showers, Corgi, Wilo, WaterSafe with additional prizes from Kane International.

This year’s winner, Lewis, said: “I’m speechless! I never thought I could come and win the competition.

“All the other competitors were unbelievable.

“My tip for next year’s entrants would be to focus, take your time – there’s a lot of bends and measurements. That’s what has won it for me, taking a step back, looking at it, getting my levels right and checking my measurements before I soldered. That’s what tipped the win.”

Entries for 2020 will open later this year.

Want to get involved in Apprentice of the Year?


HIP Magazine runs seven annual regional events across the UK, where manufacturers have the opportunity to present their products to college lecturers. These run alongside the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition in January and February.

For lecturers, this is where you can find out about the latest products and services on the market, whilst at the same time gaining free CPD hours.

For manufacturers, this is a unique chance to engage with plumbing and heating engineering lecturers, the brand ambassadors in the colleges. These events are used to run focus groups, product demonstrations or technical presentations.

This year, we had talks from ADEY, JG Speedfit, Sentinel, WRAS, Graham, Mira Showers, Bassetts, Pegler Yorkshire, Hep2O, Wilo and Vaillant.

You can view photos of these events at the bottom of this page!

There will be more details about the 2020 event later this year.

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