HIP Apprentice of the Year Competition

2018 Competition

The 2018 HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition kicked off with a series of regional events that determined who went on to represent themselves, and their colleges, at the grand final to be held at the end of April.

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The winner of the Final was Anthony Iacovazzo, 20, from City College Norwich. 

Newcastle College - 16th January

Sunderland College, Grimsby Institute Gourp, Hartlepool College of FE, Hull College, Middlesbrough College, New College Durham, Newcastle College, Northumberland College.

The winner for the North East regional heat is Jonathan Caisley from @tynemet


Burnley College - 18th January

Blackburn College, Bradford College, Burnley College, Calderdale College, Coleg Cambria, Coleg Llandrillo, South Cheshire College, The Sheffield College, West Lancashire College.

The winner for the North West Regional Heat is Luke Jones of @colegllandrillo.


Petroc College - 23rd January

Bath College, Bridgwater and Taunton College (Bridgwater and Taunton Campuses), Cornwall College (Camborne and Saltash and St Austell Campuses), Exeter College, Petroc College, South Devon College, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, Weymouth College, Yeovil College.

The winner of the South West regional heat is Tom Moys of @PetrocOfficial


Gower College Swansea - 25th January

Bridgend College (Bridgend and Pencoed Campuses), Coleg Gwent, Coleg Sir Gar (Ammanford), Coleg Y Cymoedd (Nantgarw and Ystrad Mynach Campuses), Gower College Swansea, Cardiff Vale College, NPTC Group (Afan, Neath and Swansea Campuses).

The winner of the Wales regional heat is Luke Evans, Gower College Swansea.


Stephenson College - 13th February

City of Wolverhampton, Leicester College, Lincoln Regional College, Moulton College, Shewsbury College, South Staffordshire College, Stephenson College, Stok-on-Trent College (Burslem and Cauldon Campuses).

The winner of the Midlands regional heat is Joshua Paul, Boston College.


West Herts College - 15th February

Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College, Buckinghamshire College Group, City College Norwich, Eastleigh College, Farnborough College of Technology, London South East Colleges, Swindon College, Uxbridge College, West Herts College.

The winner of the South East regional heat is Anthony Lacovazzo, Norwich College.


Belfast Metropolitan College - 28th February

South West College (Omagh), Belfast Metropolitan College,(Millfield and Castlereagh Campuses), Southern regional College (Portadown and Armagh and Kilkeel and Greenbank and Bandbridge  Campuses).

The winner for the Northern Ireland regional heat is Shane Murray from SRC.


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2017 Competition

The Final of the 2017 HIP Heating Apprentice of the Year has been won by Tayla Wileman who studies at Burton and South Derbyshire College.

All the competitors produced some outstanding copper pipework, drawing praise from the competition sponsors and, more importantly, Head Judge, Tony Kite.

Congratulations should also go to: Benjamin Dunford (Colg SirGar), Daniel Hobson (Bradford College), Gary Knight (Southern Regional College), Jordan Picot (Exeter College), Michael Sandercock (South Devon College), Ryan Hepple (New College Durham) Tyler Gibbings-Thomas (Coleg y Cymoedd).

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Regional events for 2017 are as follows:

North East. Ryan Hepple from New College Durham won the North East regional heat, which took place at Newcastle College on Tuesday 17th January 2017.

Competition Judge Tony Kite commented on the high quality of workmanship from all the apprentices and found the task of marking extremely difficult.


North West. Daniel Hobson, 19, from Bradford College, won the North West regional heat of the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year Competition held at Burnley College on 19th January.


South West. Michael Sandercock, 20, from South Devon College won the South West regional heat of the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition, which took place at Petroc on Tuesday 31st January 2017.


Wales. Tyler Gibbings-Thomas from Coleg y Cymoeddat won the Wales regional event held at Bridgend College in early February.


Midlands. Tayla Wileman from Burton & South Derbyshire College won the Midlands regional event held at Stephenson College in mid-February.


South East. Roberto Rinaldi from Suffolk New College won the South East regional event held on Thursday 16th February at Uxbridge College.


2nd March - Northern Ireland at Belfast Metropolitan College


2016 Competition

The final took place at ADEY’s state of the art training facilities in Cheltenham on 27th and 28th April 2016.

 jack_miller_4 Jack Miller, training at Hull College, was the overall winner

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A 2-day event where the seven regional finalists had to complete an assignment to install a hot water cylinder, bar shower, system boiler, radiators, pipework and an ADEY MagnaClean Professional2 magnetic filter within the allotted 15 hours.  The installation really tested the copper skills of the competitors - accuracy, smoothness of bends, crossovers and general cleanliness and tidiness all contributed to the marks.  Head Judge, Tony Kite, said of all the competitors that the work on display was of such a high standard that any householder would love to have them working in their home.

“When I heard my name announced, I was shocked but over the moon,” said Jack Miller. “It was a really tough two days but it’s been a fantastic competition to be involved in as it’s really tested the skills I’ve learnt so far at college.” 

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Regional qualifying heats

Six regional competitions will take place on the following dates:

South West, EDF/Bridgwater College – Wednesday 13th January
 Ewan McGregor HIP 2016 

Ewan McGregor from Chichester College won the South West regional heat.

Competing colleges:

Bridgwater College
City of Bath College
Chichester College
Cornwall College, Camborne
Cornwall College, St Austell
Exeter College
Gloucestershire College
SGS College, Filton
SGS College, Stroud
Swindon College
Weston College
Weymouth College
Yeovil College

Wales, Coleg y Cymoedd – Wednesday 20th January
 James MackenzieJames Mackenzie, from NPTC Swansea, won the Welsh regional heat.

Competing colleges:

Bridgend College, Bridgend
Bridgend College, Pencoed
Cardiff & Vale College, Barry
Cardiff & Vale College, Dumballs Road
Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw
Coleg y Cymoedd, Ystrad Mynach
Coleg Sir Gar
Gower College Swansea
Neath Port Talbot College, Swansea
Pembrokeshire College

North East, New College Durham – Wednesday 27th January
 HIP NE 2016Jack Miller from Hull College won the North East regional heat.

Competing colleges:

Bishop Auckland College
Hartlepool College
Hull College
Lakes College
Middlesbrough College
New College Durham
Newcastle College
Northumberland College

North West, Burnley College – Wednesday 3rd February
 Aled DaviesAled Davies from Coleg Llandrillo won the North West regional heat.

Competing colleges:

Blackpool & the Fylde College
Bradford College
Burnley College
Coleg Cambria
Coleg Llandrillo
Leeds College of Building
Rotherham College
Sheffield City College
South & City College Birmingham
South Cheshire College
Wakefield College
Wirral Metropolitan College

South East, PROCAT – Wednesday 10th February
 HIP basildon winnerChristopher Marris of City College Norwich won the South East regional heat.

Competing colleges:

Aylesbury College
Barking & Dagenham College
Bexley College
City College Norwich
College of West Anglia
Farnborough College of Technology
Lewisham College
Suffolk New College
Uxbridge College, Hayes
Uxbridge College Uxbridge
West Herts College, Dacorum
West Herts College, Kings Langley
West Herts College, Watford

Midlands, Stephenson College – Wednesday 17th February
 ultan_coonanUltan Coonan of Bedford College won the Midlands regional heat.

Competiting colleges:

Bedford College
Bournville College
Burton & South Derbyshire College
Cambridge Regional College
Chesterfield College
City of Wolverhampton College
Derby College
Leicester College
Lincoln College
Moulton College
Shrewsbury College
Stephenson College
Walsall College
Warwickshire College


2015 Competition

The Final of the HIP! competition took place 29/30 April at the home of Adey in Cheltenham.  

 tanagon wins HIP

Competition was fierce and it was Tanagon Ashworth (Accrington and Rossendale College) who took the title.  All the students showed just how professional they are. Congratulations to Tanagon, and David Berry his tutor, for winning the competition. Well done to all the other competitors and thanks to Adey for hosting the event.. 

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Tanagon Ashworth, studying at Accrington College, has won the North West Regional event held at Burnley College.

 Max Butler, NE regional winner

Well done to Max Butler of Hull College, North East regional winner. The event was held at New College Durham.

  Sebastian Zornoza, winner of HIP SW

Congratulations to Sebastian Zornoza of Bridgwater College, winner of the South West Regional event held at Weston College. 

James Littlejohn of Mid Kent College takes the South East title held at PROCAT in Basildon.


Jack Reynolds of Stephenson College wins the Midlands Region title in a closely fought contest at Stephenson College.

 Scott Fuller - winner of HIP Wales

Scott Fuller of Coleg Y Cymoedd is the winner of the Welsh Region competition held at Bridgend College.  


2014 Competition

Overall winner of the 2014 competition was Jack Barker from Petroc College. Runner-up was Harry Teasdale. The remaining finalists were: Tanagon Ashworth, Hayley Phenix, Joshua Fuller, David Flowers and Scott Fuller.

Winner of the competition, Jack Barker commented: "I was gobsmacked to win because all the other finalists had finished to such a high standard. My employer was very pleased to hear that I'd won too and I'd definitely recommend entering for next year. Make sure you knuckle down and get your measurements bang on. Put your clips on the board in the correct place and you can't really go wrong."

The UK Copper Board is the Gold Sponsor for the HIP! skills competition. The competition is open to talented plumbing students (not older than 24 years), currently studying for their Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and who are not afraid to show off their copper pipework skills. One student per college. All students competing must attend one of six regional heats where an overall regional winner is chosen. Each student that enters is awarded a Certificate of Achievement for successfully competing.

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