Meet November’s HIP Learner of the Month winner!

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We are excited to announce that James Fairhurst is our November HIP Learner of the Month winner- We caught up with him to find out what it means to win.


James is 19 years old and is currently studying his first year Level 3 in Plumbing and Heating Engineering. He has an apprenticeship with Deakins Plumbing and Heating Ltd.


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James describes the work he submitted for the award, “The photo is of a chemical dosing pot for a large heating system I worked on in the Bishop of Chester House. The install was piped up in 28mm copper, where I used crimp and compression fittings.”


We asked James how it feels to have won the award for his work. “I feel proud and honoured that my work was good enough to win the competition. I’m over the moon!”


learner of the month


The award was sponsored by DeWalt who donated a combi drill to James. “The timing was perfect as my current combi drill had given up working properly. So this drill will replace my existing one and it will be a great upgrade.”


When talking about the future, James went on to say, “I hope to become fully Gas Safe qualified in the future. I would like to get to the stage when I am qualified enough to work on commercial boilers and larger commercial heating systems. I really enjoy the work and gain a great sense of achievement at the end of each job.”



learner of the month


Congratulations James! Entries are now open for the December award, with a Baxi boilers workwear bundle on offer to the winner!


To enter, plumbing and heating students and apprentices must tag us in a photo of their work on social media and use #HIPLOTM. Our favourites (up to a maximum of eight) then go to a public vote at the end of the month before a winner is crowned. For full entry info, click here.

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