AND THE WINNER IS…
May 05th 2016
After months of hard work by heating apprentices from across the UK, Jack Miller from Hull College is HIP Magazine’s UK Heating Apprentice of the Year 2016.
The seven finalists from the regional heats were tasked with installing a boiler, magnetic filter, hot water cylinder, circulating pump, radiators and a shower in just ten hours across two days. Their work and results were judged by the panel made up of Head Judge Tony Kite, Glenn Stonehouse from ADEY, Glenn Scholfield from Pegler Yorkshire and HIP Magazine Managing Editor, Celia Matthews.
It was an extremely close contest with all the finalists demonstrating very high quality work but the judges finally named Jack Miller, a Level 3 Apprentice at Hull College, as the UK Heating Apprentice of the Year 2016.
“My uncle is a plumber and he’s done well out of the industry, so I grew up knowing it was a good trade to get into. I’ve always wanted to be a plumber,” Jack explained.
“When I’d finished the competition and looked at the standard of the work that the other guys had done I just wrote myself off so I was relaxed after the event because I didn’t expect anything. So it was a real surprise when my name was called – it caught me completely off guard!”
The competition’s runner up was Ewan McGregor, a Level 2 full time student at Chichester College with Ultan Coonan from Bedford College receiving the Most Improved award.
The 2015 winner of BBC One’s The Apprentice and Managing Director of Impra-Gas, Joseph Valente was at the final and not only presented a number of the awards but also discussed his experiences of the industry with the students and apprentices.
“All the apprentices and their lecturers should be proud of what they have achieved,” said Samantha Canfield, Marketing Manager at Graham. “The quality of the work from all the apprentices who took part this year demonstrates the level of skill and talent of young people in the industry.”