SkillPLUMB


 

South of England: 11 May at Chichester College

Winner of the South of England event was Thomas Moys from Petroc College

Well done to all the competitors:

 

Midlands: 17 May at South City College Birmingham

Winner of the Midlands event was: Cameron Carr from College of West Anglia 

Well done to all those who took part in Birmingham.

 

A collection of images from the day are available here.

 

North of England Heat

The competition took place at Leeds College of Building on 22 June.

The top 3 were:

1st - Matthew Barton from Kendal College 

2nd - Matthew Blance from Moray College UHI 

3rd - Jacob Wall from Leeds College of Building 

A collection of images from the day are available here.

 

Wales Heat

The Welsh heat of the SkillPLUMB competition took place at Coleg Menai on 14 June.

The top 3 competitors were:

1st - Thomas Thomas from Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor

2nd - Jared Hinett from Coleg y Cymoedd

3rd - Lewis Blakely from Coleg y Cymoedd

A collection of competition images are available here.

 

Scotland Heat

The Scottish qualifying SkillPLUMB heat took place at Dundee and Angus College on 9/10 June.

The top 3 competitors were:

1st - Russell Scott from Moray College UHI 

2nd - Graham Fyfe from Dundee and Angus College 

3rd - Daniel Trainer from West College Scotland 

A collection of competition images are available here.

 

Northern Ireland Heat

The first UK qualifying SkillPLUMB heat took place in Northern Ireland, Southern Regional College, PortaDown Campus, on Friday 24 March.

The top 3 competitors were from Southern Regional College:

1st - Nathan Dodds

2nd - Shane Murray

3rd - Jacob Reid

 

South of England Heat

Jordan Picot of Exeter College wins the South of England Regional SkillPLUMB competition.

The South of England Region SkillPLUMB competition took place in mid-May at Chichester College. Jordan Picot was adjudged the winner after his copper pipework installation picked up the highest score.

1st: Jordan Picot, Exeter College
2nd: Richard Hazelton, West Suffolk College
3rd: Arran Barker, Chichester College

 

Congratulations to Jordon, Richard and Arran, and to all the other competitors, along with their plumbing tutors and employers. 

Mark Antrobus, the president of the APHC and trustee of BPEC attended the event and presented awards and certificates to the young plumbers.

 


 

SkillPLUMB 2016

The SkillPLUMB competition 2016 has named 22 year old Gareth Jones from Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training and D B Lewis & Son, UK champion after excelling in an intensive three-day practical exercise at the Birmingham NEC Skills Show.

Closely watched by judges and over 75,000 visitors to the show, Gareth and his fellow finalists had to install a small sealed domestic central heating system with expansion vessel, pump and ancillary equipment, inclusive of three small bespoke radiators, a simulated hot water cylinder, a boiler mounting jig together with associated copper pipework.

The task had to be completed within a strict timeframe and was marked against tough criteria including joint quality, bend angles and clearance and measuring and marking out, which had to be accurate within + / – 2mm.

Taking second place and a silver medal was 21 year old Ben Randoll of Bridgwater College and Handiheat. Third place and a bronze medal went to 22 year old David Blewett, from Moray College UHI and Phil Bird ZETGAS.

All finalists received prizes including a BPEC gas training manual, tools and CIPHE Membership donated by competition sponsors, workwear including safety boots and vouchers alongside a competition medallion and certificate.

The Gold and Silver Medalists, will also get the opportunity to take part in the Grundfos Installer Championship, being held at the ISH trade exhibition next year in Frankfurt. This will be a fantastic experience curtsey of Grundfos to test their skills against competitors from 20 different countries on an international stage.

Speaking after his win, Gareth Jones said: “Nothing beats the feeling of a job well done, and winning this competition was brilliant. I wouldn’t be here without the support of my employer, and everything I learnt at my training centre. This has given me a real boost and I want to make sure that I keep learning and improving my skills.”

Neil Collishaw of BPEC, the organisers of SkillPLUMB commented, “This year we had a superb set of tasks, which really tested and challenged the finalists. We are very proud of all the competitors – they are excellent ambassadors for the industry and brilliant role models for other young people who are considering a career in our sector.

“Over the three days we had an excellent turnout of visitors who were all really impressed with the standards of skill on display at our stand.”

The Skills Show is the nation’s largest skills and careers event, where SkillPLUMB was just one of 60 different competitions taking place.

SkillPLUMB has the Copper Initiative as its premier sponsor and is also supported by APHC, Altecnic, Aqualisa, Brian Hyde Ltd, CIPHE, EAL, EAS Mechanical, Grundfos, JIB-PMES, LA-CO, Monument Tools, SNIPEF and Worcester Bosch.


 

 

North of England event, held at Leeds College of Building on 23rd June.  The winner - David Blewett, Moray College


 

1st Place - David Blewett, Moray College

2nd Place - Courtenay Fenton, Carlisle College
3rd Place - Muzamal Ishfaq, Blackburn College
 
 


SkillPLUMB 2015

Organised by BPEC and with the Copper Initiative as a premier sponsor, the event is designed to promote and showcase high standards and skills across the plumbing industry. 

The Final - 19-21 November at the 2015 Skills Show – NEC

The SkillPLUMB competition 2105 has named 29 year old Richard Wilson from North East College Scotland and SugPlumb Ltd, UK champion after excelling in an intensive three-day practical exercise at the Birmingham NEC Skills Show.

 Neil Collishaw of BPEC with SkillPLUMB Winner Richard Wilson

Closely watched by judges and over 75,000 visitors to the show, Richard and his fellow finalists had to simulate the installation of a small domestic central heating system, a simulated shower enclosure and kitchen with sink and washing machine, together with associated copper pipework.

 Plumbers get to workYoung plumbers at work

The task had to be completed within a strict timeframe and was marked against tough criteria including bend and joint quality, bend angles and clearance and measuring and marking out, which had to be accurate within + / - 2mm.

 Winning pipeworkWinning pipework by Richard Wilson

Taking second place and a silver medal was 20 year old Alex Rooney of David Lyndsay Plumbing & Heating and South West College/CITB NI. Third place and a bronze medal went to 21 year old Matthew Jakeman, from Pronto Plumber and Bedford College.

All finalists received prizes including tools donated by competition sponsors, workwear and vouchers alongside a competition medallion and certificate.

Speaking after his win, Richard Wilson said: “Nothing beats the feeling of a job well done, and winning this competition was brilliant. I wouldn’t be here without the support of my employer, and everything I learnt at North East College Scotland. This has given me a real boost and I want to make sure that I keep learning and improving my skills.”

Neil Collishaw of BPEC, the organisers of SkillPLUMB commented, “This year we had a superb set of tasks, which really tested and challenged the finalists. We are very proud of all the competitors - they are excellent ambassadors for the industry and brilliant role models for other young people who are considering a career in our sector.

“Over the three days we had an excellent turnout of visitors who were all really impressed with the standards of skill on display at our stand.”

The Skills Show is the nation’s largest skills and careers event, where SkillPLUMB was just one of 65 competitions taking place.

SkillPLUMB has the Copper Initiative as its premier sponsor and is organised by BPEC. 

 The competitors at SkillPLUMB 2015The competitors

The other SkillPLUMB competitors who took part in the UK final: 

•              Algirds Balta, Borders College, Greenheat Renewables

•              Daniel Doughty, Coleg Sir Gar, E Jones Plumbing & Heating  Highly Commended

•              Daniel Martins, EAS Mechanical, Briggs & Forrester Group  Highly Commended

•              Gavin Rice, Southern Regional College (NI), Seamus Matthews Ltd  Highly Commended

•              Matthew Gorrie, Perth College, LW Haddow Plumbing & Heating

•              Owen Boswell, Suffolk New College, Sleepsafe

•              Thomas Strong, Lakes College, Russel Dicks

The final took place at The Skills Show, a national event held at the NEC in Birmingham from 19-21 November.  The show hosted over 60 different skills competitions and is one of the largest careers and skills events in the UK, around 75,000 visitors went to the event across the 3 days of the show.



SkillPLUMB in 2014.

The National Final - The 2014 SkillPLUMB Champion is Josh Ellis

Twenty-one year old Josh Ellis from Westmancoat Plumbing, Heating & Electrical Contractors has been crowned 2014 SkillPLUMB champion after excelling in an intensive two-day practical competition at the Birmingham NEC Skills Show.

Over 75,000 visited the event, the nation’s largest skills and careers event, where SkillPLUMB was just one of 65 competitions taking place.

Josh, a student at Exeter College, took top marks over his fellow finalists in a task to install a small central heating system and a hot/cold water installation comprising a combi boiler, radiators and towel rail, wash hand basin and thermostatic radiator valves and shower.Josh Ellis, winner of SkillPLUMB 2014

The task had to be completed within a strict timeframe and was marked against tough criteria including bend and joint quality, bend angles and clearance and measuring and marking out, which had to be accurate within + / - 2mm.

Taking second place and a silver medal was Robert Carter of Derek Hales Ltd and the College of West Anglia. Tied for third place and taking home a bronze medal each was Callum Robertson, of Moray College/SNIPEF and Highland Eco Heat, along with Gavin Rice of South West College/CITB NI and Seamus Matthews Plumbing.

All finalists received prizes including tools, workwear and vouchers alongside a competition medallion and certificate.

Speaking after his win, Josh said: “When my name came up on the board I was speechless – shell-shocked to be honest! The competition was really tough and tested my abilities. I would have been happy with third place, I really didn’t think I would win but it’s great.”

SkillPLUMB has the UK Copper Board as its premier sponsor and is co-organised by the JIB-PMES and BPEC.

“We have been so impressed with the standard of work produced,” said Neil Collishaw. “Many visitors said that this was the best event they have seen to date. All competitors were really professional and are excellent role models for the thousands of young people who visited the show."

The full list of competitors:

Benjamin Cooke - Grimsby Institute - Shoreline Housing Partnership

Thomas Strong - Lakes College - Walker Bros (Cockermouth) Ltd

Alex Rooney - South West College / CITB NI - David Lyndsay Plumbing

Gavin Rice - Southern Regional College / CITB NI - Seamus Matthews Plumbing

Ryan Forsythe - Northern Regional College / CITB NI - Combined Facilities Management

Fergus O'Connell - Exeter College - Pro Heat Plumbing & Heating

Josh Ellis - Exeter College - Westmancoat Plumbing, Heating & Electrical Contractors

Robert Carter - The College of West Anglia - Derek Hales Ltd

Callum Robertson - Moray College / SNIPEF - Highland Eco Heat

Lloyd Wakefield - Bridgend College - JC Heating & Plumbing Green Ltd

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