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Competitors come from all over Scotland for 2019 SkillPLUMB

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The annual SNIPEF SkillPLUMB apprentice competition is set to return to West College Scotland’s Paisley Campus for the 2nd year in a row with the event being held on Friday 21 June. The competition showcases the skills of plumbing apprentices from colleges and training centres across Scotland.

Up to 36 participants will compete in either the copper pipework competition or the lead work competition with four hours to complete a practical task that demonstrates their knowledge, technique and skill. Their completed work will be assessed and marked by a panel of technical experts.

A series of activities to support professional development and networking will run alongside the competition for lecturers and employers, including a chance to get up-to-date with the latest developments from leading manufacturers.

Fiona Hodgson, SNIPEF CEO said: “We have consistently seen an extremely high standard of skill and competence demonstrated by Scottish apprentices. In 2018, we had five copper competitors go on to compete at the national competition in Birmingham with one taking the overall title. This is a reflection of the quality education and training apprentices receive from their lecturers and employers, as well as the dedication they themselves put into their studies." She continued,


“We are excited to return to West College Scotland for the 2019 SkillPLUMB competition and look forward to seeing the level of skill on display.”

Tommy Campbell, Head of Construction & Building Services, West College Scotland said: “West College Scotland are delighted to host this exciting competition for the second year in a row."

"This is a fantastic event for students, lecturers and employers providing a first class showcase of talent from across Scotland’s colleges. We are eager to see what this year’s competitors have to offer!” 

The highest scoring copper competitors from the nationwide heats will be invited to take part in the UK final at WorldSkillsUK LIVE, the nation’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event, which will be held at the NEC Birmingham 21st – 23rd November 2019.

Catch the video of all the action from SkillPLUMB 2018 here: