Plumbing apprentice Tom comes out on top in national contest

A top student has won first place in a national plumbing competition – he earns money, tools and more as part of his prize.

Tom Race, 19, is a plumbing apprentice at Themis, Burnley College’s apprenticeship and business training division. The former Valley Leadership Academy apprentice in Stacksteads, Rossendale, Lancashire was victorious in the grueling six-hour test in HIP Magazine’s Learner of the Year 2021 competition.

Tom, who works for Pinnacle Plumbing and Gas during his apprenticeship, said, “I am so happy to have won. It was hard work, but a great opportunity to demonstrate my skills, both practical and theoretical, which I learned during my time at Themis and during my internship.

“Now that I’ve won the money, I’m going to invest it again in my career and buy myself new construction tools.”

Prizes in the competition included £ 1,000, a Worcester Bosch kettle, DeWalt drills, Amazon vouchers, a Trinitron digital shower and much more.

Zoë Tanner, CEO of HiP Magazine’s publishing house, said: “Tom showed a tremendous amount of theoretical knowledge and practical skills during the competition.”

David Lord, Head of Construction at Themis, said: “Tom has demonstrated a very high level of skill and knowledge throughout his training. His success is also a real testimony to his employer, Pinnacle Gas and Heating, as well as his excellent attitude and dedication to his career as a plumber. ”

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