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

Tom Race from Burnley College has been crowned the winner of HIP Learner of the Year 2021!

Tom won the competition beating five other finalists after completing a live, 6-hour practical installation that showcased his skills and technical abilities in a Covid-safe environment.


Commenting on his win Tom said: “I didn’t expect to get to the finals let alone win it, so it means a lot. I’m really proud, and my boss is really proud of me, it’s just amazing to win!


“I think people should enter the HIP Learner of the Year competition next year because it’s a really good challenge and it helps you showcase all the skills that you’ve learnt from college and with your workplace, if you have an apprenticeship.


“You get to win some great prizes from all the great sponsors. It’s a really good way of testing yourself and showcasing what you’ve learnt already.”


As winner of the competition, Tom receives thousands of pounds worth of prizes, including a cash prize of £1,000 and an installer pack from platinum sponsor Fernox, a boiler from Worcester Bosch and a Twin Pack from DEWALT, among other amazing prizes donated by our sponsors.


This year’s first runner-up is Joe Gubbins from Petroc College Barnstaple, who receives £500 and an installer pack from Fernox.

All the competitors who took part this year received tools, branded merchandise and a certificate for taking part.


Commenting on the competition, Francine Wickham the Global Marketing Director of Fernox, said that: “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.”


Applications open in September for the 2022 Learner of the Year competition, so keep an eye on this page and our socials for more info!

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 2022 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.

Our four other finalists are below.

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