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SKILLPLUMB COMPETITION

Scott Reid, an apprentice plumber from Moray College, has won the Scottish Regional SkillPlumb Competition, held at Dundee College in June.

The competition, which is organised by SNIPEF, brings together apprentices from the Technical Colleges and Training Centres in Scotland that teach the Plumbing SVQ Level 3 Qualification. Scott was one of 17 competitors who took part in the two-day competition.

The SkillPlumb Competition has been devised to incorporate everyday plumbing tasks that an apprentice is likely to encounter during training. The competition consists of two workshop exercises, a copper pipework exercise and a lead bossing and forming exercise. In addition, there is a multiple choice exam paper on aspects of plumbing and heating work.

At the prize giving ceremony held at Dundee College, SNIPEF President George Whyte presented Scott with his prizes and Jim MacKinnon, the Senior Plumbing Lecturer from Moray College, with the overall winner’s Shield. As well as winning the overall award, Scott also won both the best copper pipework and best lead awards.

Scott comments: “I really enjoyed the two day competition in Dundee and was surprised but of course very pleased to have won the event.”

Scott and second place winner Jason Cameron will now participate in the UK National SkillPlumb Competition, which will be held at the Interbuild Exhibition in October. The overall winner of the UK Competition will represent the UK in the next WorldSkills Competition, due to be held in Calgary in September 2009.

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