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

The results of Round 1 are in!


After completing the Round 1 test, we are pleased to announce the following learners have been successful and will be representing their college in Round 2. A massive well done to everybody who took part.
Oliver Tilley (Leicester College Freemans Park Campus)
Jacque Taylor-Vine (The Grimsby Institute)
Alex Robinson (Tyne Metropolitan College)
Thomas Race (Burnley College)
Robert Shirley (St. Helens College)
Peniel Kwakye (Harrow College)
Jack Hearn (Tyne Metropolitan College)
Jack Harrison (Cornwall College St Austell)
Joe Gubbins (Petroc Barnstaple)
Swinton Nation (Harrow College)
Josh Morales (Coleg Llandrillo)
Ruben Duggan (Coleg Y Cymoedd)


A huge congratulations to everyone who has made it through! They will now go on to complete a series of fault-finding exercises and will take part in a Professional Discussion video call, with the top scorer of each region then going through to the live final!



Between March and May, Level 2 and 3 students from colleges nationwide will take part.

The HIP team has been keeping a close eye on the current lockdown restrictions. We had hoped that the live competitions would be able to take place in-person during March and April, however the safety of the competitors is our utmost priority.

We have therefore worked closely with CIPHE to develop an updated format for the 2021 Learner of the Year competition.



All competitors will complete an online written test (1 hour).



The top two scorers from each region will complete a series of practical scenario-based exercises and will take part in a Professional Discussion video call with their lecturer, a member of the HIP team, the CIPHE judge and sponsor representatives.



The top scorer from each region will be chosen to complete a live practical test in May. Each finalist will compete in their own college for a chance to be crowned 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.

    Want to get involved in Learner of the Year?


    All competitors sent online test


    Deadline for completing online test


    12 semi-finalists will be notified and sent an exercise pack to complete


    Professional Discussions

    wc/ 12/04/2021

    Final (South West, Wales, South East)


    Final (Midlands, North West, North East)



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