The National Apprentice Plumber of the Year 2014 grand final took place in Birmingham between the 12-15th November.

During the hard fought battle the contestants faced the daunting task of installing pipework, a boiler rig, radiators and an Adey MagnaClean Professional2 magnetic filter. The winning trophy was awarded to Jack Barker from Petroc College in Devon, who narrowly beat runner-up Harry Teasdale, the North East finalist from Redcar and Cleveland College.

The grand final, hosted by Adey Professional Heating Solutions and organised by Heating Installers & Plumbers (HIP) UK, is held annually to support young plumbing apprentices entering the trade.

The seven finalists’ skills were judged by Adey chief executive Chris Adey, CIPHE national competition judge Tony Kite and HIP managing editor and event organiser Celia Matthews.

Plumber2Mr Adey reported the following:

“It was a very close competition. Each of the apprentices did a fantastic job under great pressure. Deciding the winner was really difficult, but Jack just had the edge – with Harry not far behind. Having been an apprentice with British Gas, I know what it’s like to be in their shoes, learning the trade and honing your skills. Each of them has done incredibly well to get to the competition final and they should be very proud of themselves. It’s been an honour to host the event at our training centre for the first time and we’re really pleased to be supporting the next generation of plumbing and heating engineers, helping them to understand the importance and benefits of following industry best practice.”

Fellow judge Ms Matthews had this to say:

“The competition is now in its sixth year and until now the final has always been held at a college, but it’s been great to have such a huge amount of support from one of the industry’s leading manufacturers. We’ve been very impressed by the quality of work produced by our finalists, who have worked so hard to get here. However, it was great to see the winner crowned and our congratulations go to Jack on a job well done.”

Runner-up Harry Teasdale was also quoted as saying:

“The national plumbing competition has matured me as a person as well as a plumber. When I go back to work, I will be able to evaluate things a lot better, knowing that I am capable as I have been tested to such a high standard.”​

Here at Dorchester Heating and Plumbing we understand  the work that goes into becoming a fully qualified plumber and the importance of apprenticeships. Learning via experience is usually the only way to get a true feel for a trade. With the world of heating and plumbing constantly changing and evolving, it’s important that the youngsters coming into the trade bring this information with them. Experience plus knowledge equals first class service!

[Photos by SummitSkillsUK]