SkillPLUMB 2105 has been won by Richard Wilson from North East College Scotland and SugPlumb, 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, Richard, 29, 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 and plastic pipework.
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.
Richard 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.”
Taking second place and a silver medal was Alex Rooney, 20, of David Lyndsay Plumbing & Heating and South West College/CITB NI. Third place and a bronze medal went to Matthew Jakeman, 21, from Pronto Plumber and Bedford College.
All finalists received tools, workwear and vouchers, a medallion and certificate.