Stephenson College once again opened its doors to HIP and SPARKS magazine as they used the college’s fantastic construction facilities for the third year running to host two prestigious apprenticeship competitions.
Launched in 2009, the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year and HIPS UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competitions are annual events that offer the opportunity for young apprentices to test their skills and win great prizes. Over 70 students have taken part in regional heats across the country in January and February.
This year saw Stephenson College have one entrant in the HIPS UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition, Max Hope. Max is currently enrolled on his apprenticeship with Omega Plumbing and Heating Ltd in Beeston, Nottinghamshire.
Max was highly commended after a strong showing, although unfortunately did not make it through to national finals at the ADEY Professional Heating Solutions’ Training and Conference Centre in Cheltenham.
Speaking at the end of the day’s competition Faculty Head for Construction Mick Hinds said: “Firstly, we’d like to thank HIP and SPARKS magazine for again choosing Stephenson College as the site to host these prestigious competitions.
“It really is a big honour to host these, competition is high on the agenda here at Stephenson College and something we promote heavily.
“I had the chance to have a look at all of the competitors work throughout the day and every single apprentice from all of our competing colleges should be very proud of themselves, the quality is high and it seems that the bar has been raised this year.”
Taylor Wileman of Burton & South Derbyshire College progressed through to the finals of the UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition while Alex Toon of Leicester College progressed through to the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition.