Plumbing is an essential trade that specialises in the installation and maintenance of systems used for hot and cold water, sanitation, rainwater, heating, gas, oil, solid fuel, LPG, solar thermal hot water, and heat pumps.  Plumbers work in a diverse range of locations from occupied customers’ homes to new build housing and commercial buildings. They are relied on for the installation of appliances in bathrooms and kitchens, as well as heating installations and piping in buildings that are fitted to industry and regulated standards.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Health and safety

  • Time-keeping

  • Attention to detail

  • Manual dexterity

  • Problem-solving

  • Customer service skills

  • Co-ordination

  • Organisational skills

  • Practical Pipework skills 

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Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • Competitors must be any student who is working towards a Plumbing Level two or three qualification (basic pipework skills training must have been completed) or anyone in employment in the UK with the relevant qualification
  • Competitors must be at least 16 years of age.
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation
  • The maximum number of competitors that could progress from the entry stage to the qualifying heats from one (local) organisation is three.

How it works

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test sent after registration closes.

Competitors will have until the 26th of April 2024 to complete the task.

Live Qualifier

From week commencing 13th May 2024

  • 16th May Burnley college
  • 21st June South West College (Northern Ireland)
  • 7th June South Lanarkshire college (Scotland)
  • 11th June Coleg Cambria (Wales)
  • 21st June Harrow College, (HRUCI group)
  • 26th June Nottingham college
  • South of England – TBC.

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