The value of talented and enthusiastic people to the plumbing and heating industry has once again been recognized with the Federation of Plumbing Employers of Scotland and Northern Ireland (SNIPEF) Award for the best apprentice plumber.
In recognition of the hard work and determination it takes to achieve qualified plumber status, the activist trade association has honored 13 apprentices from the 12 colleges in Scotland where they study their trade.
Each received a voucher worth £ 100, but the biggest prize was to receive not only the approval of their peers and mentors, but also the confirmation that the career choice they made was entirely justified.
SNIPEF’s distinction for future stars of the profession comes at a time when plumbing and heating are increasingly seen as a path to a rewarding and satisfying professional life, as well as the opportunity to make a valuable social contribution. to a period of transition to net zero carbon.
Fiona Hodgson, CEO of SNIPEF, said: “The industry has always been keenly aware that its future lies in the skills and dedication of those who launch their careers in these turbulent times.
“It is extremely encouraging that the sector, which was hit so hard by the closures and subsequent restrictions in 2020, has restored its apprenticeship numbers to what they were before the pandemic.
“It is a great tribute to employers in particular, for the confidence they have shown in our people, but also to the apprentices themselves, to the colleges which nurture their ambitions and to organizations such as SNIPEF which support them wholeheartedly. .
Dale Thomson, manager of apprenticeship training at SNIPEF, said: “The plumbing and heating industry is open to everyone, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. And, unlike continuing university education, for which people may have to take out student loans, a plumbing apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain a nationally recognized qualification and for apprentices to earn while they learn.
“Industry and industry employers are always looking for people with the right qualities – initiative, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn – and if someone is drawn to the prospect, they can start here. “
Those chosen and honored by their respective colleges this year include:
- Forth Valley College. Winner: Kevin Bryce, Year Two, HF Electrical Ltd.
- Tullos Training Ltd. Winner: Dylan Faskin, second year, MFS Plumbing & Heating.
- Moray College. Winner: Ben Middleton, second year, W&M Stuart Ltd.
- Glasgow Clyde College. Winner: Craig Brown, second year, Ultimate Gas & Plumbing Services Ltd.
- Dundee and Angus College. Winner: Declan Menmuir, first year, WH Dorward Ltd.
- College of Frontiers. Winner: Mark Rutter, second year, Border Eco Systems.
- Dumfries and Galloway College. Winner: Bayley McKinnon, second year, Nithsdale Plumbing and Heating.
- Glasgow Kelvin College. First year winner: Aiden McLaughlin, Glasgow City Plumbers Ltd. Second year winner: Dylan Burns, T Clarke Contracting Ltd.
- UHI of Perth College. Winner: Euan Lang, second year, Andrew Anderson Plumbing and Heating.
- South Lanarkshire College. Winner: Dominic McCauley, first year, R Boyle Gas & Plumbing Services.
- Inverness UHI. Winner: Uisdean Reid, first year, Alex Matheson Plumbing and Heating, Stornoway.
- West College Scotland Greenock. Winner: Chris Cook, second year, Hugh Kinnaird.