Due to the Government’s advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) the decision has been taken to postpone all the SkillPLUMB skills competition events that were scheduled for April through to June 2020 – this includes all of the UK regional heats. We are working closely with WorldSkills UK to explore the alternative activity which will now take place later on in the year. More information and some FAQs have been compiled by WorldSkills UK which can be accessed here and will be updated on a regular basis.
SkillPLUMB is an annual skills competition designed to promote standards and skills across the plumbing industry, developing competence into excellence. The competition sees talented young plumbers test their expertise on a series of challenging practical tests in a bid to be named the SkillPLUMB UK champion.
SkillPLUMB can bring invaluable benefits to students, colleges and employers. Competitors can gain recognition for exceptional skills, injecting dynamism and excitement into training. Employers can enhance their business reputation and improve the skills of their workforce.
You can see previous competitors working at the national final by taking a look at our video:
You can also see a collection of photographs from the 2019 regional heats and the 2019 final on our Facebook page.
How to enter
Registration for SkillPLUMB 2020 closed on 5 May 2020.
The competition is open to students studying plumbing with a provider at L2/L3. To help assist colleges, training providers and employers in selecting their most suitable plumbing apprentice to enter, we have developed the following materials which include two different in-house competitions:
- Talent Spotting Checklist (to help identify your best candidates)
- In-house Competition (ready-made competition to deliver in-house)
- In-house Competition 2020 (ready-made competition to deliver in-house)
- Training to Succeed (training manual to help competitors prepare)
2020 SkillPLUMB Regional Heats
All events that were scheduled from April 2020 to June 2020 have been postponed further to Government advice on coronavirus (Covid-19).
The six SkillPLUMB regional heats (South of England, North of England, Midlands, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland) were due to take place in April, May and June, and have therefore been postponed.
We will update this page as soon as possible once any further information becomes available.
The UK final
The eight highest scoring competitors from the heats will be invited to take part in the UK final at WorldSkillsUK LIVE, the nation’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event, which will be held at the NEC Birmingham 19-21 November 2020.
All of the events above are run in partnership with SkillELECTRIC and SkillBUILD (CITB). The Scottish and Northern Ireland heats are organised in collaboration with our competition partners SNIPEF and CITB NI.