Ryan Bisby has been named the winner of the second SkillPIPE UK-wide semi-final, following a tough one-day event at Burton and South Derbyshire College on 12 June.
Mr Bisby, 20, employed and trained by NG Bailey Engineering, came out on top after going head-to-head on two practical tasks – installing and pressure testing a pump set, and a difficult welding task.
Chris Carmody, employed by Whitehead Building Services and trained by BEST/Cardiff & Vale College, was awarded second place, with the third place slot going to Thomas Skrine of SPIE Matthew Hall and Croydon College.
After his win, Mr Bisby said: “I’m so proud to have won. It was a difficult task, especially working to a time limit, but I’m glad I did my best. My win is also thanks to my college and employer for all their support.”
The highest scoring competitors from the event have the chance to compete at a grand final in November, which is held at The Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC, where they will face competitors from across the UK and strive to be named SkillPIPE champion.
SkillPIPE has the Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES) as its premier sponsor and is organised by SummitSkills.
The latest heat in the 2013 SkillPLUMB competition has also seen 23 year-old Martyn Lee named the Midlands’ best young plumber after a demanding event at Burton and South Derbyshire College on 12 June.
Mr Lee, an apprentice with Adrian Kidman Plumbing and Heating and studying at Cambridge Regional College, beat seven other competitors in a head-to-head plumbing task to install a small central heating system.
Fabio Crusco of P. Chester & Sons (Bedford) Ltd and Bedford College took second place, with the third place slot going to Burton and South Derbyshire College student Liam Ellison, who is employed by KRS Mechanical Services.