A ‘plumb’ job – Double win for apprentice plumber Daisy

Plumbing apprentice Daisy Turner has secured a double win in two national competitions for apprentice and student plumbers.

The 24-year-old from Rochford, Essex, has been crowned the HIP Female Skills Competition 2024 Winner, following a grand final at Stephenson College, in Coalville.

Not only did she win the female competition, Daisy also clinched the title of HIP Learner of the Year, at the national final in Birmingham, notching up her double win.

Daisy, who studies at Barking & Dagenham College, competed with students from across the country to win the competitions.

Her bumper prize haul included £750 of gift vouchers, an array of tools and clothing worth hundreds of pounds. Daisy also got to take away all the materials used in her final test, which included high quality products such as a boiler, a hot water cylinder, a pump, a radiator, a shower, and an extensive range of plumbing materials. In addition, platinum sponsor, Viessmann, gave her a factory tour voucher, including an overnight stay.

Daisy commented: “I still can’t believe it. Winning both the Female Skills Competition and the Learner of the Year Competition in the space of a week has been unbelievable.

“The prizes and the overall experience have truly been overwhelming. I’d encourage anyone considering participating next year to absolutely go for it.”

Her tutor Lee Regan adds: “We are thrilled that Daisy has secured this well-deserved double win.”

Daisy is now preparing for the WorldSkills competition, supported by her college tutors and her employer Toucan Heating and Plumbing Ltd of Benfleet.

Barking & Dagenham College is one of the leading providers of intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeship training in London, training around 1000 apprentices and working with around 300 employer clients each year.

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