Plumbing and Heating Industry’s Rising Stars Recognized at SNIPEF Awards

Aiden McIlroy of Ayrshire College

Apprentices in the plumbing and heating sector have again been recognized with the Plumbing Employers Federation of Scotland and Northern Ireland (SNIPEF) Best Apprentice Plumber awards.

To celebrate the hard work and determination they have shown, the campaign trade association honored 17 apprentices from the Scottish colleges where they are studying their trade. Each received a £100 voucher.

The SNIPEF award for future stars of the profession comes at a time when plumbing and heating is increasingly seen as making a valuable social contribution in the transition to zero carbon as well as a pathway to a working life. rewarding and satisfying.

Fiona Hodgson, Managing Director of SNIPEF, said: “This is the 32nd year that SNIPEF has sought out and rewarded the best talent among our stars. It’s a distinction they certainly deserve.

“It is also a great tribute to employers, for the confidence they have shown in our employees, but also to the apprentices themselves, to the schools that nurture their ambitions and to organizations like SNIPEF that support them wholeheartedly.

“We have been hit hard in recent years when uncertainty gripped the country, so it is very encouraging not only that the number of apprentices has returned to what it was before the pandemic, but that the quality of people that we hire is so satisfying.”

Plumbing and Heating Industry's Rising Stars Recognized at SNIPEF Awards

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Dale Thomson, Head of Apprenticeship Training for SNIPEF, said: “The industry has always been very aware that its future lies in the skills and dedication of the people entering their careers at this time.

“Unlike further education at university, for which student loans may be required, a plumbing apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain a nationally recognized qualification and for apprentices to earn money while learning.

“Industry and employers in the sector are always looking for people with the right qualities – initiative, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn – and if anyone is attracted to the prospect, they could start here.”

Those chosen and honored by their respective colleges this year include:

  • Ayrshire College. Winner: Aiden McIlroy, Derek Campbell Plumbing, Heating and Gas Services.
  • Borders College: Winner: Stephen Cairns, Mike Cairns Heating and Gas Services
  • Dundee College. Winner: Gregor McNee, Tayside Boiler Services.
  • Edinburgh College. Winner: Jack Forbes, A Alexander & Son (Electrical) Ltd
  • Fife College East. Winner: Owen Robertson, Alistair Thorpe, Cupar, Ltd
  • Forth Valley College. Winner: Hubert Parysek, Comfort Systems Plumbing & Heating Ltd.
  • Glasgow Clyde College. Winner: Kyle Shanahan, Emtec Group.
  • Glasgow Kelvin College. Winner: Matthew Strachan, Axwell Technical Services.
  • Inverness College. Winner: Kirsty Maclean, Alex Matheson Plumbing and Heating
  • Moray College. Winner: Sean Esslemont, McDonald & Munro Ltd.
  • College of North East Scotland. Winner: Grant Hunter, Willie Gauld Plumbing, Heating and Renewables.
  • Perth College. Winner: Daniel Van Wyk, DM Plumbing.
  • South Lanarkshire College. Winner: Tom Gillies, BS Plumbing and Heating Services.
  • Tullos Training Ltd. Winner: Adam Myron, Heatcare Oil and Gas Ltd.
  • West College Scotland Clydebank. Winner: Ben Anderson, the boiler repairman.
  • West College Scotland Greenock. Winner: Ritchie McArthur, James Paterson and Sons Plumbing and Heating.
  • West College Scotland Paisley. Winner: Paul Marshall, James Frew Ltd.