Plumber Lee James Cuthill has proved he is one of the best after winning silver in a national competition.
Lee, who works for DI Jones Heating and Mechanical Engineers in Ruthin, won second place in the prestigious UK SkillPlumb competition.
He had to prove his skills during an intense three-day competition final at Leeds College in September. He had won his place at the final through previous regional heats.
The 20-year-old has just completed a four-year apprenticeship course at Yale College, in Wrexham.
He said: “I’ve really enjoyed the course and want to give praise to all my tutors and to my boss who really encourages us to do our best!”
Ian Hogg, director of curriculum standards, building services at the college, said: “He gave an excellent account of himself and could now be selected to represent the UK at the international WorldSkills competition in Leipzig in 2013.”
The finalists in the competition had to fit a domestic central heating system, a wash basin, hot and cold shower pipework and plastic waste pipework to a WC. They were tested on strict criteria including bend and joint quality, plumb and level pipework, material usage and health and safety. Lee was competing against nine other finalists from all over the country.
Neil Collishaw, of SummitSkills, organiser of the competition, said: “Just watching these talented people compete was fantastic. Aside from their obvious technical skills I was particularly impressed by the conduct and professionalism of the competitors – they are a credit to their families and an asset to their employers.”