We’d like to say a huge congratulations to twenty-year old Daniel Martins, who is the pride of the UK plumbing industry after being awarded a bronze medal in the 2017 WorldSkills competition.
Daniel, employed by Briggs and Forrester, spent a challenging four days competing in Abu Dhabi against plumbers from 30 different countries. He started his SkillPLUMB journey back in 2015 when he was a UK finalist. Since then he has worked hard and went on to be selected by WorldSkills UK to represent the country at international level.
Briggs and Forrester, Daniel’s employer, have been extremely supportive throughout the whole process, allowing Daniel time out of work for training and competing whilst encouraging him along the way.
Training provider EAS Mechanical Ltd also gave comprehensive support to Daniel throughout his intensive training period in preparation for the event. EAS is a BPEC approved centre and a long-time supporter of SkillPLUMB, with tutor Tracey Richardson acting as a judge for the competition for many years now.
EAS and Briggs & Forrester joined Daniel in Abu Dhabi to give him encouragement whilst competing under pressure in front of around 100,000 visitors.
BPEC Chairman George Thomson also attended the event in Abu Dhabi, and was at the House of Lords to support Daniel at the Team UK send-off event before the trip.
BPEC Chairman George Thomson praises Daniel:
“As organiser of the SkillPLUMB competition, BPEC would like to congratulate Daniel on this fantastic achievement,” said George. “Since competing in SkillPLUMB in 2015, Daniel was not only selected for WorldSkills, but also gave his time to come back and support other competitors at the SkillPLUMB finals last year”.
“He’s a wonderful ambassador for the industry and we look forward to continuing our journey with him as he progresses through his undoubtedly successful career.”