2023 HIP Learner of the Year revealed

Elliot Julian is the HIP Learner of the Year 2023. Elliot, from Cornwall College in St Austell, earned the accolade after competing against six other finalists during a two-day practical test that gave some of the country’s top plumbing students the chance to show off their installation skills.

The event was hosted by Worcester Bosch and followed regional heats across England and Wales. The judges were all impressed by the standard of work from the young students, but Elliot’s attention to detail and confidence in his own ability gave him the cutting edge above the other competitors.

Louie Diver from Cambridge Regional College was the runner-up.

Zoë Tanner, managing director at HIP, says: “Congratulations to this year’s winner and runner-up. A massive well done to everyone who competed this year across the six regional heats. It is an incredible achievement to be representing your colleges.

“We’re thrilled to see HIP Learner of the Year grow year on year… It’s a fantastic way for young installers to build their confidence and take pride in their hard work. Now more than ever is the time to support the next generation of plumbing and heating talent.”

Last year’s winner, Ruben Duggan, who will represent the UK in the EuroSkills competition later in the year, was on hand to lend some moral support to the finalists. He says: “I remember what it’s like and it’s pretty tough working against the clock over the two days. But it’s a great competition and, as well as the prestige of the title itself, there are some really good prizes for the winners.”

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