The search has begun for the 2021 HIP Learner of the Year!

With a new name and a new format, we’re excited to announce the launch of the 2021 HIP Learner of the Year competition.


Between January and April, Level 2 and 3 students from colleges nationwide will take part.



Two learners from each college will compete against each other to secure their place in Round Two. The competition will take place within their own college on one of the dates listed below.


Each college will enter one of the regional heats depending on their location.



The winner from each college will complete a short written test for the chance to represent their region at the final.



Out of the six regional winners, the three highest scorers will compete in the final for the chance to become the HIP Learner of the Year 2021.


As well as the prestige that comes from winning the competition, there are fantastic prizes up for grabs, with every competitor receiving a certificate for taking part.


The 2020 winner was Thomas J Thomas from Coleg Llandrillo, who said that anyone thinking of entering next year should ‘100% do it’. He added: “It’s an amazing thing to put on your CV – if I ever need to look for work in future, I can say I’ve done it and it’ll give me a step up. It definitely increases your technical skills and gives you a focus on being accurate to the point of complete precision. You have to be confident in what you do and not second-guess yourself.”


Fernox Global Marketing Director Francine Wickham said: “Fernox is delighted to be the Platinum sponsor for HIP Learner of the Year 2021. Fernox has a long history of supporting education and training to promote best practice, and meet regulatory and efficiency requirements within the plumbing and heating industry.


“In today’s challenging times, it is even more vital that this work continues so that the next generation of heating professionals are given the opportunity to develop their skills, be recognised for their achievements and be encouraged to pursue their chosen careers.”


You can check out the 2020 regional test here.


If you’re a lecturer and have a Level 2 or 3 student you’d like to enter into the 2021 competition, send us your email address below and we’ll get in touch with the details!


Click here to view the competition terms and conditions.

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    Midlands Regional


    South East Regional


    South West Regional


    North West Regional


    Wales Regional


    North East Regional


    Grand Final



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