World Plumbing Day competition winners announced

Gloucestershire College’s skilled plumbing students took part in a college-wide competition at Gloucester Campus on Monday 11 March to celebrate World Plumbing Day, and we’re delighted to announce that 17-year-old Jamie Sims from Gloucester and Ryan Pope from Tewkesbury took home the titles of heat winner, with Jamie winning the overall GC competition.

Eight Level 2 students had just 1 hour and 45 minutes to plan and fit a radiator using copper and plastic pipework, before presenting them to the judges, Peter Gaze and Mike Readstone, who are industry-experienced Plumbing Lecturers at the College.

Working from detailed drawings, the students had to demonstrate their practical skills in a timed environment and were marked against strict criteria. These included clip and pipe distances; the horizontal and vertical levels of the pipework; the pulled bend; soldering; radiator level; radiator height; wastage; and visuals such as pencil and hand marks, and health and safety compliance.

See pictures of the students in action here.

Each student was presented with a certificate from the Skills Funding Agency, by Vice Principal Sue Steed, and Jamie also won a £50 Amazon voucher.

Plumbing Lecturer, Peter Gaze, said: “We wanted to host this competition to raise awareness of World Plumbing Day, which highlights the roles plumbers play in keeping people safe and healthy across the globe, as well as the talents of our current plumbing students to local employers.

“Of course the students were a little nervous at the start of the competition but once they got into the swing of things, they did great. This was a great way to prepare them for the world of work, when they might have clients standing over them, watching them work.”

Mike Readstone, a fellow Plumbing Lecturer, added: “We’d like to thank the Skills Funding Agency for their support and donation of the prizes for the competition. We also had some great support from local businesses including Plumbase, who donated the radiators, and Pure Plumbing, who donated tools and other materials.”

The World Plumbing Day competition forms part of the College’s two-week celebration of National Apprenticeship Week aiming to ‘myth-bust’ misconceptions about and raise awareness of apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships.

For more information about Plumbing courses available at Gloucestershire College visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/construction or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.

If you’re a local employer wanting to find out more about hiring an apprentice, visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/apprenticeships or call the dedicated GC Business Hub on 01452 563400.

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