Tony Iacovazzo, a plumbing apprentice with Anglia Gas Services Ltd, who trains with City College Norwich, has reached the grand final of the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year 2018, after triumphing in the South East regional heat of the competition.
The 20-year-old apprentice from Brooke, who previously completed a plumbing diploma with City College Norwich, will be pitting his skills against seven other finalists at the ADEY Training and Conference Centre in Cheltenham on 25th and 26th April.
As well as the accolade of being named HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year, the overall winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000 and a share of £9,000 worth of plumbing equipment from the competition’s sponsors.
Tony earned his place in the final after coming out on top in his regional heat, which was held at West Herts College. The competitors, who are all either full-time plumbing students or apprentices, were given an installation design to follow and tasked with completing it on the walls of a bay within 6 hours. The task included having to fit a basin, boiler, pump, ADEY MagnaClean and radiator.
Tony has already experienced success in a plumbing skills competition this year, after winning a gold medal in the Norfolk and Waveney Building Apprentices competition which was held at the Norfolk Showground.
Speaking about his achievement in reaching the final of the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition, Tony Iacovazzo, said:
“I was quite surprised to have won the regional heat. It did put a bit of a smile on my face! I am very glad that I’ve done it and I am looking forward to the next stage. If you win you can get lots of plumbing-based tools, so that’s an added motivation to win it.”
Tony Sandon, Plumbing Lecturer, City College Norwich, commented:
“The HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year is a great competition. It was a very high standard in the heat, very closely contested, and Tony did really well to win it. Success in skills competitions like this is great for our students. It can then go straight onto their CV, makes them more employable, and it’s good experience.”
Nigel Bales, Director, Anglia Gas Services (Norwich) Ltd, added:
“Congratulations to Tony, we are all immensely proud of him and his fantastic achievement in the HIP UK competition and that he now ranks alongside the best apprentices in the country.
“Since joining our small business at Anglia Gas Services, Tony has shown a natural ability in his chosen profession and has very quickly become an invaluable member of our team. Coupling this together with his own self-motivation and great interaction with both colleagues and clients alike really does set him apart from the crowd. The best accolade we can really give him is to say that none of us here were over surprised at his success in what is a greatly contested competition.”
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