Important Information

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.
WorldSkills UK have extended the registration period until 5 May. We still encourage individuals to register before this deadline as we are working closely with WorldSkills UK to explore alternative activity that could take place later in the year. More information and some FAQs have been compiled by WorldSkills UK. This 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 opens on 2 March and closes on 2 April (now extended to 5 May) – registrations are made directly via the WorldSkills UK website. A number of regional events are held across the UK (see details below) and those who score most highly will progress to the grand final held in November at the prestigious WorldSkills UK LIVE.

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:

2020 SkillPLUMB Regional Heats* 

Date Location Region
Tuesday 28 April Chichester College South of England
Wednesday 6 May Leeds College of Building North of England
Tuesday 12 May Moulton College, Northampton Midlands
Tuesday 19 May CITB Belfast Northern Ireland
Tuesday 2 June Neath Port Talbot College Wales
Friday 19 June Inverness College Scotland

*Please see Important Information above

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.