A Warrington Business School student is celebrating after being named the Heating Installers and Plumbers (HIP) North West Apprentice Plumber of the Year.
The nationwide trade competition offers plumbers and heating engineers the chance to prove their skills through a series of challenges and the generation of apprentices and practicing tradesmen that partake can learn valuable lessons on their future in their chosen career.
Kristian Poyner, 21, won the North West heat of the competition after completing a challenge to carry out a plumbing installation in an allocated time. He received the highest number of points for the precision of his installation. He has won a spot at the national finals in London.
Kristian said: “It was a very difficult test and I couldn’t be happier about winning the title. It was really nerve racking completing the challenge in the allocated time, but I’m proud that I was able to complete the job to a professional standard. I know the next round will be even tougher, but I’m definitely up to the challenge.”
Phil Walsh, Kristian’s Curriculum Manager, said: “Kristian is very talented and we are proud his skill shone through in this competition. He has worked hard to develop his technical knowledge and shows great motivation and maturity. He puts out work to a professional standard and trained rigorously in preparation for the competition. We’re looking forward to nurturing his talent and helping him do well in the final.”