John Guest Speedfit is helping to make sure that the future of British plumbing is in safe hands, by sponsoring a talented college learner.
The new sponsorship with Coleg y Cymoedd (Ystrad Mynach campus), home of Walesâ€™ leading Plumbing & Heating course, sees Matthew Sier, a Year 2 learner, win a bursary worth Â£1,000, to help complete his studies.
Matthew was selected after a fierce competition to find the learner who best demonstrated their commitment to plumbing and had the skills to succeed in the industry.Â Lecturers at Coleg y Cymoedd nominated 6 learners who had performed well in Year 1.Â The candidates then visited the home of JG Speedfit in West Drayton, answering competency based plumbing questions and being interviewed by a panel of lecturers and JG Speedfit experts.
â€œI feel grateful towards JG Speedfit for giving me this opportunity. I learned some interesting facts about push-fit plumbing and enjoyed the factory tour, seeing how Speedfit products are manufactured. I had put a lot of hard work into preparing for this day and am totally chuffed about winning it.â€ says Matthew.
â€œMatthew will be a fantastic ambassador for young plumbers.Â We were impressed by his dedication towards the profession and the technical knowledge he is already demonstrating.Â Weâ€™re delighted to help him with his studies and look forward to seeing how he gets on,â€ explains Nigel Sanger, Technical Director at JG Speedfit.
As well as receiving Â£1,000 per academic year for the remainder of the course, on completion he will also receive a toolbox and workwear from JG Speedfit.
The choice of Coleg y Cymoedd (Ystrad Mynach Campus) reflects JG Speedfitâ€™s close ties with the college, where Nigel Sanger first learned about plumbing and heating.
â€œI firmly believe that a theoretical understanding of plumbing is vital for the long-term health and profitability of the industry.Â We want to create a platform where future talent, like Matthew, can be rewarded and supported for their commitment towards all aspects of plumbing,â€ says Nigel.
As part of the partnership, JG Speedfit is supplying core-plumbing product to the college, as well as supporting the creation of a room dedicated to JG Speedfit UFH, where students can learn the theoretical and practical elements of underfloor heating installation.
â€œThere are exciting opportunities for the plumbers of the future, especially in underfloor heating, and we want to help them get the best possible education,â€ adds Nigel.
JG Speedfit is planning to repeat the sponsorship with Coleg y Cymoedd in the 2018/19 academic year and is also looking for partner colleges in other regions of the UK.Â Nigel concludes: â€œWe want current Year 1 students to see the example being set by Matthew and aspire to win the JG Speedfit Sponsorship in Year 2.â€
Website link:Â www.speedfit.co.uk
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