HIP Magazine is getting ready to crown its 2022 Learner of the Year at a live final later this month.
It comes after dozens of competitors from across England and Wales took part in six regional heats in an effort to win the prestigious title of HIP Magazine’s 2022 Learner of the Year.
The six regional heat winners will take part in a 12 hour practical installation, spread over two days, at the Worcester Bosch Headquarters in Worcester.
This year’s test was designed by Jerry Whiteley, Technical Manager at the Chartered Institute for Plumbing and Heating Engineering.
Commenting ahead of the competition’s final Emily Hilton, HIP Magazine’s Operations Manager, said that: "We've been blown away by the standard in this year's regional heats. The live competitions have showcased the industry's incredible future talent and we can't wait to see the finalists in action."
2022 Regional Heat Winners:
Elliot Julian, Cornwall College (South West Regional Heat Winner)
Kai Alexander-Weir, Darlington College (North East Regional Heat Winner)
Andrew Poland, St Helens College (North West Regional Heat Winner)
Jack Payne, Buckinghamshire College Group's Wycombe Campus (South East Regional Heat Winner)
Charlie Oliver, Shrewsbury College (Midlands Regional Heat Winner)
Ruben Duggan, Coleg Y Cymoedd's Ystrad Mynach Campus (Wales Regional Heat Winner)
The live final will take place on Wednesday 20th April and Thursday 21st April, with the results being announced on the second day of the final.
This year’s national competition was sponsored by Worcester Bosch, Milwaukee, Graham the Plumbers' Merchant, Wilo, Kingspan, Triton Showers, Roca, WaterSafe, Pegler, Stelrad, Fernox
Wednesbury, Talon, Blaklader, CIPHE and VW Commercial Vehicles, with an incredible selection of prizes donated by the sponsors.
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.
Tom Race from Burnley College was crowned as the 13th winner of the competition in 2021.
He said: “It’s a really good challenge and it helps you showcase all the skills that you’ve learnt from college and with your workplace. You get to win some great prizes from all the great sponsors and it’s a really good way of testing yourself and putting into practice what you’ve learnt.”
For more information, head to www.hip-magazine.co.uk/events
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