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HIP National Apprentice of the Year 2017

Plumbing apprentices from NPTC Group of Colleges have excelled at the regional heat of the ‘HIP National Apprentice of the Year’ competition.

Owen Williams, 19, from Neath, a plumbing apprentice with Cyfle Building Skills showed skill and determination and that he certainly knew his U-bends from his down-pipes to take third place.

He was joined by fellow plumbers Thomas Leyshon from Glyncorrwg (also with Cyfle Building Skills) and Nicholas Jones from Port Talbot who works for local company Confidimus. All three are Level 3 Plumbing apprentices at the Colleges’ purpose-built Construction Campus in Swansea; they were put forward by their lecturers in plumbing, Nigel Rees and Neil Davies.

The competition held at Bridgend College saw competitors fit a shower, its pump and system filter with all relevant pipework to precise measurements.

Nigel Rees, lecturer for Plumbing, was very proud of all three. He said:

“It could have been a daunting task for our competitors, but despite the fact this was their first competition and have had less on-site experience than some of the other competitors, they kept their nerve and produced some exceptionally good work.”

He added: “Competitions like this are a great opportunity to showcase skills and looks fantastic on a CV.”

Competition judge, Tony Kite, also commented on the high standard of work and congratulated Owen on coming third overall. “A fantastic result for his first competition.”

The UK competition is organised every year by HIP Magazine for Levels 2 or 3 students. Last year, NPTC Group of Colleges’ plumbing student James Mackenzie won the regional heat of the ‘HIP National Apprentice of the Year’ competition by beating plumbing students from eight other colleges to be crowned number one in Wales.

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