Talon has announced its continued support for the HIP Student Plumbing Competition and the HIP Female Skills Competition in 2024, its commitment is a testament to Talon’s efforts to bridge the skills gap in the plumbing and heating industry.
Recent figures from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) reveal an “alarming” skills gap engulfing the construction sector, with over 70,000 new plumber recruits needed by 2032.
“We are proud to support the HIP Student Plumbing Competition once again in 2024. We believe in nurturing young talent and providing them with the tools they need to succeed in the plumbing and heating industry. This competition not only recognizes their skills but also helps them kickstart their careers,” said Mike Morris, marketing manager for Talon.
The HIP Student Plumbing Competition, now in its 15th year, has established itself as a platform for apprentice and student plumbers to showcase their skills, gain confidence, and receive recognition for their hard work.
Level 2 and 3 plumbing students from across England and Wales will compete in six regional heats throughout January and February 2024, demonstrating their expertise in various practical tasks.
Regional winners will advance to the Grand Final, where they will have the opportunity to secure a range of coveted prizes. Talon is contributing to these initiatives by donating thousands of its popular pipe clips and fittings for the entire competition, including the regional heats and finals.