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World Plumbing Day challenge enjoyed by all

In recognition of World Plumbing Day and National Apprenticeship Week, SGS College joined forces with the Skills Funding Agency and Wiltshire College, to compete in the ‘World Plumbing Day Inter-College Challenge’.

Level 1 and Level 2 full time students from the Filton and Stroud Campuses had 1 hour to complete a basin install under the watchful eye of guest judges, Debbie Stanley-Jones from PlumbHer and John McGowan from NKS Contracts Central UK Ltd.

Tony Fothergill, College Links Liaison Officer at Worcester Bosch spent the day across both campuses.  He presented each student with a goodie bag in recognition of completing the task and awarded Stroud Campus Winner, Callum Winstone, with a new Bosch Drill, that was kindly donated from his organisation in sponsorship of the event.  Tyler Skuse, the Filton Campus Winner was the proud recipient of the second drill. 

Tony said: “Worcester Bosch are delighted to be involved with the development of SGS College and I am very impressed by the standards of work achieved by these talented young people at such an early stage in their careers. Both students and tutors are to be commended.

“Through the College Links Initiative, Worcester Bosch promotes best practice and continued learning to enable young people to achieve their highest potential. We will continue to work closely with the college to support and add value to their apprentice and further educational schemes with this valuable link to our business.”

John McGowan, judge added: “To see young people work under the pressure they were put under today and achieve the results that they did is a real credit to them.  It has given them an insight into industry and how they would be required to work out on site.”

The overall winner was Taylor Snell from the Trowbridge Campus, Wiltshire College.  He was gifted with a “Tool Box” worth £300, provided by North Bristol Plumbing Supplies.

The event this year has seen at least 10 students being offered work experience and it has opened up 8 apprenticeship opportunities for September. 

Trudy Hillier, Business Executive for SGS College coordinated the event across the colleges and said: “I would like to extend a special thank you to Jeff Bateman and the team from North Bristol Plumbing Supplies, who supplied SGS College and Wiltshire College with the materials for the event.  My thanks and gratitude is extended to my colleagues who were fantastic with their support in the lead up to and during the day.  Without them, our judges and learners, the day wouldn’t have been possible.  Thank you.”