UK apprentice crowned plumbing world champion

Gary Doyle, Right
Gary Doyle, Right
Gary Doyle, Right
Gary Doyle, Right

A young apprentice from Northern Ireland has been rewarded for his skill, professionalism and quality of work with a gold medal in the international WorldSkills 2015 competition.

Gary Doyle, 21, is celebrating after his win after going head to head with talented plumbers from 27 other countries.

Watched by around 200,000 visitors and against a strict timescale of only 21 hours, Gary’s task was to design a towel rail, order materials accurately, install heating, underfloor heating and hot/cold water systems, sanitary ware and a shower.

He also had to install and commission a WC before handing over to a ‘customer’ as part of a live task.

Employed by Kieran Trainor Plumbing & Heating and a student at Southern Regional College, Gary was a previous silver medal winner at SkillPLUMB 2013 before being selected to compete on an international stage at WorldSkills.

BPEC, organiser of the SkillPLUMB competition, was involved in the WorldSkills selection, training and development process and provided strategic support to Gary and his training manager Paul Dodds.

Neil Collishaw of BREC, said: “What a great achievement not only for Gary but also for the UK plumbing industry, we really are on top of the world!

Gary did exceptionally well and should be bursting with pride at what he has accomplished. His success is not only testament to his fantastic skills but also the support from his employer, college and training manager.”

In addition to receiving the WorldSkills gold medal, Gary and his fellow competitors were also presented with a World Plumbing Council medal for promoting the plumbing industry at international level.

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