After an intensive three-day practical, promising young plumber, Connor Cruden, has been named the SkillPLUMB champion for 2019 at the WorldSkills UK LIVE event in Birmingham.
Runners up included 21-year-old Kyle McGeoghie of Perth College UHI and 22-year-old Anthony Iacovazzo of City College Norwich, who achieved second and third place respectively.
While the plumbing trade probably isn’t the first industry that springs to mind when you think of awards, honours and prizes, it’s that fact that makes the SkillPLUMB gong all the more prestigious in the world of professional plumbing.
Primarily aimed at apprentices and young tradespeople, finalists were tasked with completing a number of tricky practical assessments in order to test their skills and separate the best from the rest.
As part of the final trial, contestants were asked to install a sealed domestic central heating system with expansion vessel, pump and ancillary equipment. This included a radiator, unvented hot water cylinder and a boiler, along with the relevant copper pipework.
To further add to the intense pressure of this demanding task, all of this was to be completed under strict time constraints and ultimately scrutinised by expert judges against a challenging criterion.
Beating out competition from other regional finalists, Cruden will now be given the opportunity to compete in the Grundfos Installer Championship in Milan in March of next year.
In addition to booking his place in the 2020 Grundfos Installer Championship in Italy, Cruden’s win also puts him into contention to be part of Team UK at the global WorldSkills 2021 competition in Shanghai, China.
Following the triumph, Cruden had these words to say:
“The competition has been brilliant and I am really proud to be leaving with the gold medal. It was really challenging working under pressure but I just did my best.”
Chairman of the British Plumbing Employers Council also spoke of the victory:
“The standard of work this year has been exceptional. The finalists are all excellent ambassadors for the industry and brilliant role models for other young people who are considering a plumbing career.”
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While such an achievement may seem out of reach for anyone thinking of entering the world of plumbing, it’s important to remember that every journey begins with that single first step.
At Access Training UK, we can help you achieve that first step and help you come on leaps and bounds with our wide variety of plumbing courses.
Whether you’re a complete novice or an experienced pro looking to add to your repertoire of skills, Access Training UK has the plumbing course for you.
Read on for a quick rundown of the various plumbing courses we have on offer at ATUK:
Essential Plumbing Course
Learn the basics needed to become a domestic plumber (no experience required).
Professional Plumbing Course
A comprehensive course to become a fully-qualified plumber (no experience required).
Premier Plumbing Course
Combined course allowing you to earn plumbing and gas qualifications simultaneously (no experience required).
Bathroom Fitting Course
This course will equip you with all the skills and knowledge needed to install bathrooms (no experience required).
Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems
If you’re already a plumber or heating engineer, this course teaches you how to install and maintain unvented hot water storage systems
WRAS - Water Regulations Advisory Scheme
Completion of this course provides you with ‘approved contractor’ status by your local water authority- a pre-requisite for many employers.
NVQ Level 2 Certification – For Experienced Site Plumbers
This fast-track NVQ programme is designed for experienced plumbers looking to gain NVQ Level 2 Diploma quickly with minimal fuss.
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