Plumbing apprentice best in the region

A trainee plumber from New College Durham has been recognised by the prestigious Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) as the best apprentice plumber in the region.

Level 3 plumbing apprentice, Stuart Brown, has been awarded the Wilkinson Shield by the regional branch of CIPHE.  He was chosen from hundreds of other apprentices across the North East for his expert skills and knowledge, which was assessed through his portfolio. 

18-year-old Stuart, who lives in Stanley, studies at New College Durham one day a week alongside working for Karbon Homes.  He said:

“I was so surprised when I heard I had won the Wilkinson Shield. My college tutor, Simon Place, put me forward for it and I have had fantastic support from the college.  I feel privileged to have received such an impressive award and it will look great on my CV!”

The prestigious JB Wilkinson Shield was established in 1913 by the Master of The Worshipful Company of Plumbers to recognise outstanding apprentices.

Harry Teasdale, Curriculum Manager for Technology at New College Durham, said:

“This award is an excellent achievement for Stuart and great recognition for the college.  It is testament to the hard work of both the college and Stuart’s employer in growing new talent for the plumbing industry.”

Guests from the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, along with Stuart’s apprenticeship employer Karbon Homes, attended a formal presentation at the college last month, where Stuart was officially awarded the shield, a cheque for £200, a voucher for £50 and various plumbing tools to support him through his apprenticeship.

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