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Local student wins national plumbing competition
A plumbing apprentice from Cornwall College Camborne has won the national final of the Heating, Installation and Plumbing (HIPEX) National Plumbing Apprentice of the Year Awards 2012, which took place at Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire last week (19th April).
George Caddick, 18 from Newlyn near Penzance, was crowned the overall winner after demonstrating his abilities and competing against other plumbers from across the UK during the two day competition, making this the second time in three years that a Cornwall College student has won the competition.
George, who is currently completing a Plumbing Installation NVQ Level 2 apprenticeship with Blue Bay Plumbing and Heating, also won the regional final held in Somerset earlier this year. He said: "I really enjoyed the whole experience and worked really hard throughout the whole competition, so I'm really pleased that I won."
In addition to keeping the tools provided by the competition's organisers, George also won trade vouchers to the value of £1,000 for himself and £500 for the College.
Jem Stevens, Plumbing Course Manager at Cornwall College Camborne, said: "The work George produced during the two days was of a really high standard and showed exemplary plumbing skills. He was also a really great ambassador for the College and as a department, we are all really proud of his win."
Dave Linnell, Principal of Cornwall College, said: "Experiences such as this are invaluable to our students, giving them a taste of working to the highest standard whilst under pressure, plus offering them the chance to compete against other apprentices. Winning this competition for the second time in three years also demonstrates the high level of skill and talent we have amongst our students. I would like to congratulate George on winning this prestigious title, and thank all staff involved in supporting him."