Staff and apprentices at Coleg y Cymoeddâ€™s plumbing department are celebrating, as one of their own is crowned Walesâ€™ top plumbing apprentice.
Scott Fuller, a second year plumbing apprentice studying at the collegeâ€™s Ystrad Mynach campus, fended off rivals from across the country to become the Welsh representative at Heating Engineers Installers & Plumbers magazineâ€™s Apprentice of the Year UK final.
The Welsh final saw Scott, 18, from New Tredegar, competing against apprentices from eight other colleges. During an intense four-hour contest each competitor tackled the challenge of installing a full shower system and boiler against the clock; Ultimately Scottâ€™s technical skills and attention to detail earned him the title of Walesâ€™ top plumbing apprentice.
Following his success at the event, held at Gower College Swansea, Scott will now go on to represent his country at the two-day UK finals, in Cheltenham on 30th April.
Speaking of his victory and the upcoming finals, Scott said: â€œItâ€™s a great feeling to have been selected. The competition was tough, but I think my preparation and the support Iâ€™ve received from my tutors have paid off.
â€œThe competition requires me to put in extra hours outside of my course, my work placements and a part-time job; but I think itâ€™s worth it, I enjoy the work and I hope it will lead to me gaining the skills and experience I need to start my own business after college.â€
As a Pathway to Apprenticeship Learner, Scottâ€™s time is split between college based learning at Coleg y Cymoeddâ€™s Ystrad Mynach campus, and on the job training with Newbridge plumbing firm, Aqua Gas.
Commenting on Scottâ€™s success, Judith Evans, principal of Coleg y Cymoedd, said: â€œScott is a credit to our college; he exemplifies how hard work and dedicated tuition provide learners with excellent vocational opportunities and real jobs in a diverse range of industries and recognised trades. We wish him every success at the nationalsâ€.
Rhondda Cynon Taff