Calderdale College student nominated in national plumbing competition

Luke Taylor, an outstanding Plumbing apprentice at Calderdale College, has been nominated for the HIP Apprentice of the Year award, by his tutor Paul Lively.

The HIP Apprentice of the Year, a national competition now in its 12th year and run by plumbing publication HIP magazine, gives students and apprentices across the country the chance to show off their skills, win top prizes and be in with the chance of being crowned Plumbing Apprentice of the Year.

Luke works for Haven Building & Maintenance Ltd whilst studying for his apprenticeship in Plumbing at Calderdale College, where he has been a student for the past two years.

He said: “To have been put forward for this award has been great. I feel a lot more confident in my abilities and my boss, Malcolm is really proud of me.

“Round 1 of the competition was really tough, but the judges seemed impressed with my skill and precision. It was a difficult environment to work in - a lot different to being on site!”

“I hope that being recognised as a plumber will help me in my career and I have Calderdale College to thank for seeing my enthusiasm and skill and helping me to succeed.”

HIP Apprentice of the Year heats will take between January and April in the South West, South East, North West, North East, Midlands, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The winners of each heat will go on to compete in the grand final, which takes place at the ADEY Innovation Training and Conference Centre in Cheltenham. Prizes are worth up to £10,000 and students will be recognised nationally for their success.