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 getting a certificate for taking part. The prizes have been donated by well-known industry names including our sponsors ADEY, Graham The Plumbers’ Merchant and Wilo.


Lewis Blakely, a third-year apprentice at Coleg y Cymoedd, won the 2019 competition. He said he was overwhelmed to win and was full of praise for his fellow competitors. His advice for those entering the competition is to believe in yourself. “Focus, take your time – there’s a lot of bends and measurements. That’s what won it for me, taking a step back, looking at it, getting my levels right and double-checking my measurements before I soldered.”


Colin Yearp, Senior Technical Trainer at our platinum sponsor ADEY, said: “Grab the opportunity with both hands. 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.”


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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