Scottish apprenticeship competition rewards heating expertise

This year’s contest saw students displaying their skills on various styles of techniques including a new category for doing the job on renewable devices

A few college students have taken the leading prizes in the Scottish Plumbing Apprentice of the Year contest that recognises capabilities doing work on heat and water programs.

Organised by the Scottish and Northern Eire Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), the competitiveness is a sensible-application challenge wherever apprentices display their expertise performing in three distinct types based on copper, lead and renewable categories. The trade association launched the new renewable class this yr to replicate the growing worth of renewable electrical power in the plumbing and heating industry.

The awards organisers explained the new Renewable Category was extra to reflect the commitments of the Scottish and United kingdom authorities to maximize the use heat pumps and district heating systems,, although decommissioning fossil-primarily based or vitality-intensive heating technologies.

Finlay Calder, who represents R&I Cruden Minimal and Inverness Higher education UHI took initial spot in the new renewable classification.  He was recognised by the judges for his understanding of renewable electrical power systems.

Thomas Pender from Solway Heating Services and Glasgow Kelvin University, and Tommy Smith from Moray Council and Moray Faculty UHI, reached 2nd and third position in the similar category.

Finlay John Macaulay from Alpah and UHI Moray School took initial area in the copper level of competition in recognition of his technical abilities.

Paul Marshall from James Frew Ltd and West College Scotland, and Callum Westwood from Park Plumbing and Heating and Perth College UHI claimed 2nd and third put.

In the Lead class, Shaun Wilcox of Moray Council and Moray Higher education UHI was awarded to start with place with judges commending him for his precision and motivation. The Runner-ups had been Marion Lisa Stewart from G&A Barnie Team and Moray Higher education UHI, and Ryan McCrone from Cruden Setting up (Scotland) and Glasgow Clyde Faculty.

SNIPEF’s Chief Executive, Fiona Hodgson, claimed the successful candidates were decided on to stand for their schools, and all “showcased an abundance of technical competencies, information, motivation and enthusiasm during the levels of competition.”

SNIPEF ideas to enhance its ongoing aid of apprentices in the heating and plumbing sector. It has a short while ago been awarded Scottish Govt funding for 400 new plumbing and heating apprenticeships.

Ms Hodgson reported this funding would, “help to assure that our profession can supply Scotland’s ambition to transition to a small-carbon modern society.”

The yearly Scottish Plumbing Apprentice of the Calendar year competition is developed to recognise the require for extra expert apprentices in plumbing and heating expert services.

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