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Wilo proud to sponsor the National HIP student plumbing competition

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Wilo is once again proud to sponsor the HIP student plumbing competition in search for the UK’s best plumbing & heating talent. In its 14th year, the competition provides a platform for apprentice and student plumbers to show off their skills at the very start of their career.

Level 2 and 3 students will compete across six regions between January and February – South West, Wales, North East, North West, South East and Midlands.

The winner of each heat will go on to compete against one another in the live grand final, which takes place at the head offices of Worcester Bosch on 20th – 21st April. Along with the prestige for the student and college for winning a national competition, there are fantastic prizes up for grabs.

The competitors will be judged on a number of practical tasks by competition Head Judge Jerry Whiteley, Technical Manager from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.

Last year’s winner was Tom Race, a 19-year-old apprentice from Burnley College. Commenting on why students should enter the 2022 competition, Tom said: “I think people should enter the HIP Learner of the Year competition because it’s a really good challenge and it helps you showcase all the skills that you’ve learnt from college and with your workplace, if you have an apprenticeship.

“You get to win some great prizes from all the great sponsors. It’s a really good way of testing yourself and showcasing what you’ve learnt already.”

Running alongside HIP Learner of the Year will be the Meet the Manufacturer series, which gives manufacturers the chance to update lecturers on the latest industry and product innovations.

Zoë Tanner, Managing Director at HIP, said: “We’re thrilled that HIP Learner of the Year is returning in its original live format for 2022. Now more than ever is the time to support the next generation of plumbing and heating talent and we can’t wait to see what the competition brings.”

Lee Tebbatt, Managing Director of Wilo UK, commented: “We’re so pleased to be sponsoring the HIP competition for the 6th year running. We understand the importance of supporting the next generation of plumbing and heating engineers and can’t wait to see some of the incredible talent from this years’ search.”

Get involved on social media – search for HIP Magazine and use the hashtag #HIPLOY22.

For more information or to enter the competition:

HIP AOY UK Winner 2022

HIP Apprentice of the Year Winner; Tom Race from Burnley College and Jerry Whiteley, CIPHE