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 Live Final in April.



The six regional winners will compete in the two-day final in April 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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    South West Regional


    Wales Regional


    North East Regional


    Midlands Regional


    South East Regional


    North West Regional


    Grand Final

    April 2021 TBC

    We are changing the format of our lecturer CPD training - so stay tuned for more information!

    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 & heating lecturers, the brand ambassadors in the colleges. These events are used to run focus groups, product demonstrations or technical presentations.


    If you’re a lecturer who is interested in HIP Meet the Lecturer, put your email address in the box below and we’ll be in touch.

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    Any companies who are interested in sponsoring the 2021 events and would like to offer a product demonstration or provide a presentation please send us your email address below and one of the team will be in touch.


    The likes of Graham, Kingspan, Starrett, Triton Showers, Wilo, John Guest, Stanley, Wavin and Kane presented this year.

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