We had a chat with Miles Smith, the Learner of the Month for December!
The HIP Learner of the Month award celebrates students and apprentices who are passionate about the future of the plumbing & heating industry, going above and beyond in their apprenticeships to set the standards of the industry.
HIP has launched the award to recognise the efforts that students and apprentices have put into learning the trade.
Miles was nominated by his college, Boston College, and was chosen as the Learner of the Month after a week of voting and testimonials on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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Thanks to everyone who told us why Josh and Miles should win our December Learner of the Month award sponsored by Graham Plumbers' Merchant. 🏆🏆🏆 After considering their work and your comments, Miles from @bostoncollegeuk has been named as the winner! Congrats Miles, you've won a £100 bundle from Graham! Remember, nominations for January's award are now open, sponsored by @Hep2O with another prize on offer to the winner! #HIPLOTM
The award was sponsored by Graham, who sent Miles a pipe bender and merch bundle.
Our runner-up was Josh Downes from Guildford College.
Miles, 17, was nominated for the following reason by his lecturer Sergio Afonso: “Miles has an outstanding commitment to getting the job done, ahead of time and to a very high standard, while pushing for more. He has a real hunger, commitment and enthusiasm for the plumbing industry.”
HIP Magazine: Congratulations Miles! How does it feel to be the HIP Learner of the Month?
Miles Smith: I feel privileged and proud to be HIP Learner of the Month. Seeing my family and colleagues proud of me makes me happy. Hopefully other apprentices will see these awards and be inspired to strive towards winning one for themselves. I hope to have a long career ahead of me in plumbing, producing work to a high standard and continue to be recognised.
HIP: How long have you been in the industry?
MS: I have been in the industry as an apprentice since September 2018, so nearly a year-and-a-half.
HIP: Have you always worked at South Holland District Council?
MS: I have always worked at SHDC, having successfully gained an apprenticeship with them in started in September 2018. I work there 4 days per week and attend Boston College 1 day per week.
HIP: What made you want to get into the industry?
MS: I always knew that I wanted to learn a trade and I think that plumbing is a great trade.
HIP: What do you love most about it?
MS: The variation of jobs – there is lots of variety and so each day is different.
HIP: What is your day-to-day role?
MS: It covers all aspects of plumbing, although not yet gas boilers etc, but I would like to continue to do my Level 3 Gas qualification after I have completed my Level 2 this year.
HIP: What would you like to achieve in your career?
MS: I would like to continue learning and gain my Level 3 Gas qualification. I would like to think my work is completed to a high standard and I would obviously like to maintain this.
HIP: What inspires you the most?
MS: My colleagues inspire me. I enjoy working for SHDC and work with a great team who teach me well. I am well led by my manager and have great support. I was recognised also by my employers (SHDC) who awarded me with a ‘Personal Development Award’ and this definitely inspired me to continue to do my best.
HIP: What’s your favourite social media platform?
MS: Facebook – and Instagram.
HIP: What’s your favourite job to do?
MS: I like all parts of my job but I do like to change a bath and see the difference afterwards.
HIP: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your apprenticeship?
MS: The best piece of advice I have been given in training is that ‘no job is too small’.