Five years on from the launch of SkillPIPE and it is still going from strength to strength, with Durapipe UK a key supporter for the fifth consecutive year.
This year’s finalists have now been selected, following the semi-final events that concluded last month. Durapipe’s specialist hot and cold water pipework, Durapipe HTA CPVC system, was used as part of all semi-final competitions for the fourth consecutive year.
During the semi-finals, entrants are required to go head-to-head on two practical tasks; the first is installing and pressure testing a pump set and the second is undertaking a welding task. As a leading hot and cold water pipework system widely used on HVAC projects across the industry, Durapipe HTA was the pipework system for the pump set activity.
Spearheading the training of young people in all pipework materials, Durapipe UK has worked with professional bodies, training partners, colleges and employers for several years as it strives to achieve an integrated approach to training, which offers the next generation of building services professionals a well-rounded education.
This determined campaign has led to the inclusion of plastics not just within the SkillPIPE competition, but also within pipe fitting modules on training courses, signalling a significant step forward from five years ago when apprentices were generally trained in more ‘traditional’ metallic materials.
Commenting on its involvement in SkillPIPE, our marketing manager, Mitchell Holmes said: “It is fantastic to see what we have achieved in just five years. When we first started speaking to Neil at SummitSkills more than five years ago, traditional metal systems were the only pipework products being considered for the SkillPIPE competition.
“We have always argued that those entering the industry need a strong grounding in all of the materials they will come into contact with once working on projects on site. It is fantastic to see that the ‘training’ elements of our industry have listened to us, the major M&E companies and more importantly the needs of the ever changing market to now include plastics and other modern systems as core components of courses in training colleges. Thanks to the open-mindedness of SummitSkills, this market evolution was acknowledged and reflected in the presence of plastics in the SkillPIPE competition.”
Neil Collishaw from SummitSkills added: “It is great to have Durapipe UK on board as a partner of SkillPIPE. It is important that not just the students, but the training providers and employers that are involved are educated as to all of the available pipework systems used within the industry. Having Durapipe involved ensures we set contestants tasks that truly reflect installations that are taking place in the industry today.”
The two regional semi-finals were both won by apprentices at NG Bailey; Ryan Bisby, studying at Leeds College of Building and Ross Parking, learning his trade at Hartlepool College. The two finalists will now battle it out in the final of SkillPIPE at The Skills Show at Birmingham NEC in November in a bid to be crowned National Champion Heating and Ventilating Engineer
Now in its fifth year, SkillPIPE is a competition organised by SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building services engineering, designed to promote standards and skills across the commercial pipe-fitting industry.