On the 26th Feb 2016, Havering College of Further and Higher Education held its first annual Plumbing skills competition and invited colleges across London and the Home Counties to enter and participate in two skills categories (level 1 and advanced).
The skills competition was organised by Rennie Llewellyn, Havering College Plumbing Curriculum Manager whose aim was to give learners, organisations/Colleges and individuals an opportunity to participate in a regional initiative focusing on plumbing skills and education. Colleges, employers and training providers were invited to enter their finest competitors to be tested against the skills of the best learners/apprentices in the region. The activities were planned and designed to increase the competitor’s ability to work accurately to tight specifications. The event was closely watched by external judges that composed of a member of the Institute of Plumbing, and External Verifier and 2 ex-Heads of Departments.
Learners had to simulate the installation of a small domestic central heating system, together with associated copper pipework. The task had to be completed within a strict timeframe and was marked against tough criteria including bend and joint quality, bend angles and clearance and measuring and marking out, which had to be accurate within +/-3mm. Competitors were required to use English and Maths skills in order to work out and plan the installation prior to commencing the task.
Colleges in attendance were as follows:
- Barking & Dagenham College
- Croydon College
- East Kent College
- Havering College
- NESCOT College
- College of North West London
- South Thames College
Events were sponsored by the following organisations:
Havering College learners fought their competitors off to secure 1st and 3rd positions in the two categories.
Winners were as follow:
|Category 1 (level 1)|
|1st place||Scott Holland (Havering College)|
|2nd place||NESCOT College|
|3rd place||East Kent College|
|1st place||East Kent College|
|2nd place||Barking & Dagenham College|
|3rd place||Havering College|
Every thanks is extended to all the contributors, sponsors and participants who enabled this event to be a very successful and well appreciated one.