On Wednesday the 17th of February, lecturer John Kendrick and his student Jordon Brooks from Moulton College, went to Stephenson College in Leicestershire for the regional HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition.
They represented Moulton alongside students from 14 other colleges in a plumbing skills test in a controlled situation.
Students were required to pipe up a boiler jig, including a pump and several radiators using the minimum amount of materials and to exacting tolerances.
Whilst the students were working hard, the lecturers were able to spend time with some of the major manufacturers who sponsored the event and pick up valuable industry updates.
Only one student was selected to progress to the national final in Chelmsford.
The students work was judged by Tony Kite, former president of the Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers, who commended all the entrants for the hard work and commented that the standard was so high that only a few marks separated each of the 15 students.
Whilst Jordon was not selected to progress to the next round, he did enjoy the day and took a great deal out of the competitive nature of the event. His lecturer John Kendrick was particularly pleased with the high standard of Jordon’s work, saying “Jordon really got into the spirit of the competition and worked hard to produce an installation that was neatly set out and piped together, I am very pleased with him.”