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Joseph Parkinson – HIP apprentice of the year competition runner up ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

After winning the HIP regional heats Apprentice of the Year - Plumbing Competition in February this year, Joseph Parkinson, a 3rd year plumbing apprentice at University Academy Holbeach took part in the National Finals competition on 29th  September.

After a gruelling day of practical assessment Joseph was awarded runner up in this prestigious national competition, gaining second prize of £500 for both his self and the plumbing department at University Academy Holbeach. He will also receive tools and materials from the competition sponsors HIP.

Joseph is a highly committed student who has thrived throughout his time at Holbeach Academy, progressing from UAH 6th Form to an apprenticeship. Lucy Mawer Head of Plumbing was thrilled for Joseph, “I have seen Joseph’s confidence and plumbing skills grow throughout his training with us and I was confident that Joseph would thrive in the competition. We are very proud of him.”

Judge Jerry Whiteley commented that, ‘being a judge for the HIP Apprentice of the year is a great experience because you get to see just how good the new younger generation are and so eager to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. Joe Parkinson, did just that. Joe who came a very close runner up should be very proud of his achievement in getting into the top three after beating so many other strong candidates from the regional heats, not easy I can assure you of that.

Joe has performed so well, that his work reflects the highest quality of teaching and learning he has received from UAH during his time there. A credit to everyone and I’m sure Joe is one to look out for with a bright future ahead of him.”