The search has begun for the 2021 HIP Learner of the Year!
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!
All competitors sent online test
Deadline for completing online test
12 semi-finalists will be notified and sent an exercise pack to complete
Final (South West, Wales, South East)
Final (Midlands, North West, North East)
“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.”
“The profile and knowledge you will gain from the experience will stand you in tremendous stead in your future career. The competition is miles ahead of anything I’ve seen.”
“Thanks for allowing us to be part of your great competition. It was really well run and fantastic to see such quality from all the finalists.”
“Competitions like this give students more of an edge. The talks with manufacturers are good – you like to get hands-on with products. I’ve been lucky enough to have students get to the final in six out of the last seven years. It’s a high calibre of students, the work is fantastic from everybody, which makes it more special.”
“It has given us an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the people who are influencing future generations of plumbing and heating. Without the access into the colleges that HIP has given us, we could never have built the relationships that currently exist between us and so many of the brand ambassadors who are teaching future plumbing and heating engineers every year.”