The competition has become a stepping stone for the leading apprentices across the UK to find their way into work.
HIP! Runs the competition in association with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and SummitSkills.
A total of 72 contestants in the 2013 HIP! National Plumbing Apprentice of the Year Competition will be getting to grips with the leading UK radiator manufacturers products in the six regional plumbing college heats,
Stelrad Radiators has agreed to sponsor the radiators – 72 of them – 12 at each regional event, all 500 mm wide by 450 mm high, as part of the practical part of the competition that will eventually see the winners at each regional event taking each other on in the national final, with the winner going on to compete in SkillPlumb and possibly from there on to WorldSkills.
The Stelrad radiators used in the competition will be donated to the colleges after the competition for on-going use in their workshops as they train future generations of heating engineers and plumbers in the months and years ahead.
Companies supporting the competition include, Gold Sponsor Plumbfix, Silver sponsor UK Copper Board, Pegler Yorkshire, KME Yorkshire, Monument Tools and Stelrad.