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!
South West Regional
North East Regional
South East Regional
North West Regional
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.
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.
“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.”
“The Meet the Lecturer series is some of the most important dates in our calendar for engaging with our future customers. The lecturers are the ones that initiate brand awareness with students and the Meet The Lecturer Series increases the chance of us being the first plumbers’ merchant that future plumbers all over the UK engage with, which is a unique opportunity we could not get anywhere else.”