The HIP Apprentice of the Year 2020 competition is set to crown a winner later this month – as the final goes ahead with a new format.
Dozens of competitors took part in seven regional heats between January and March across the country, before the lockdown caused the competition to be postponed.
Unfortunately the ongoing COVID-19 situation means that the Scottish heat couldn’t be completed, but HIP Magazine still plans to crown a winner this year and recognise all of the competitors’ hard work.
The format of the competition has been adapted for this year’s final, with safety in mind.
HIP Magazine’s Emily Hilton said: “The standard of competition was excellent this year, it’s wonderful to see the next generation of plumbing and heating professionals showcase their skills. We’re thrilled that the 2020 final is going ahead in this new format which will allow competitors to compete in the final safely.”
This year’s regional winners are:
- Joseph Parkinson, University Academy Holbeach (Midlands winner)
- Sam Scott, Middlesbrough College (North East winner)
- Thomas Thomas, Coleg Llandrillo (North West winner)
- Isabella Stagg, West Suffolk College (South East winner)
- Harry Pegler, SGS College, Filton Campus (South West winner)
- Daniel Lewis, Gower College Swansea (Wales winner)
- Ethan Whyte, Southern Regional College, Greenbank Campus (Northern Ireland winner)
The seven regional winners completed a short online written test. The results were combined with their score from the regional heats.
The top three are: Joseph Parkinson, Thomas Thomas and Harry Pegler.
They will now complete a one-day practical assessment at their own colleges in a bid to be named this year’s HIP Apprentice of the Year.
The final practical test will take place on Tuesday 29th September, with the results being announced the same day.
As well as the prestige that comes from winning the competition, there are fantastic, career-boosting prizes up for grabs. The prizes have been donated by well-known industry names including sponsors ADEY, Worcester Bosch, Pegler Yorkshire, DEWALT, Mira Showers, Graham The Plumbers’ Merchant, RA Tech, Wilo, WAGO, WaterSafe, Wavin, Kingspan, Blaklader and Volkswagen.
The event is a fantastic opportunity for plumbing and heating students and apprentices to kick-start their career, experience the thrill of a live competition and make new connections along the way.
Lewis Blakely from Coleg y Cymoedd was crowned as the 11th winner of the competition in 2019.
He said: “The biggest benefit of entering has probably been getting new tools and also having the title to my name. People tend to underestimate apprentices but getting to say you’re HIP Apprentice of the Year means that they take you a bit more seriously and know you have a good work ethic.”
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