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SkillPIPE and SkillPLUMB 2012 winners announced

Competitors battled it out alongside some 60 other skills competitions which showcased the best up and coming talent across a range of occupations.

Patrick O’Leary from N G Bailey was crowned the 2012 SkillPIPE champion after three days of intense practical competition at The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

The finalists’ task was to cut, thread, weld and install pipework with temperature controls, commissioning valves and a circulating pump, all to a high standard and tight specification. The whole installation was then scrutinised and pressure tested by industry experts who marked the competitors on their work.

Patrick beat five other competitors to take the gold medal after judges scored him most highly against strict criteria including measuring and marking out, welding quality, threading quality, pipework installation and soundness, material usage, overall presentation of installation, and health and safety.

SummitSkills competition organiser Neil Collishaw said: ““Congratulations to Patrick. The focus and determination shown by all of our competitors is an inspiration and this time we hope they have inspired some of the visitors to the Skills Show to think about their own talents and how they could follow in Patrick’s footsteps.”

Andrew Patton from Dave Neal Plumbing and Heating, a student at Grimsby Institute was crowned the 2012 SkillPLUMB champion.

The finalists’ task was to fit a simulated domestic central heating system, a wash basin, hot and cold shower pipework and plastic waste pipework to a simulated WC.

Mr Patton beat nine other competitors to take the gold medal after judges scored him most highly against strict criteria including bend and joint quality, bend angles and clearances, plumb and level pipework and appliances, soundness testing, material usage and health and safety.

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