Plumbing is an essential trade which specialises in installation and maintenance of systems used for hot / cold water, heating, gas, solar & sanitation. Plumbers work in a diverse range of locations from occupied customers’ homes, new build housing and commercial buildings. They are relied on for 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

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • Competitors must be any student who is working towards a Plumbing Level 2/3 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
  • For colleges who have merged to form a group, 3 competitors per Group will be permitted with only 1 competitor per campus. (Each campus to offer plumbing Qualifications)

How it works

Use our practical guidance and tools to run your own competition activity as part of your teaching and learning programmes. This is a great way to stimulate enthusiasm and interest for competitions

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Prepare learners to take part in competition by developing their technical and mental skills so they can compete at their best – there are lots of tools and resources available to help you

Learners who get through the passive stage (where they will be expected to prepare a submission for entry or participate in an online assessment), will be invited to take part in national qualifiers which take place across the UK between April and June. All competitors receive certification for their achievements at the qualifiers

The highest performers from the national qualifiers are invited to compete in the UK National Finals in November at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event

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Register your interest

In light of the ongoing uncertainty relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be running the WorldSkills UK national competition cycle in 2020. We expect to resume competitions in 2021 and urge you to register your interest now so we can keep you advised of developments.

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