SunLive – Young plumbers prep for the ultimate test

Plumbers from across the Bay Of Plenty and Central Plateau are getting ready to compete in the Regional Finals of the Young Plumber of the Year competition.

On August 17, 10 plumbers will put their skills to the test for the chance to represent their region in the national final, later this year on October 6.

To be eligible, participants must be under the age of 31 and work or train as a plumber.

In the regional competition, in addition to a written test, the plumbers will complete a challenging series of practical skills tests that will be assessed by a judge.

Young plumbers from Gisborne, Taupo, Rotorua, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa, Tauranga and Whakatane are competing, having already proven themselves in local industry competitions.

World Central Plumbing Regional Manager Steve Langton is looking forward to hosting the competition.

“It’s exciting to play a role in supporting New Zealand’s plumbing industry. There is an increasing demand for more professionals across the region and I hope that through this event we can inspire more young Kiwis to consider a career in the plumbing industry.

“The Young Plumber of the Year competition is a great opportunity to encourage our young plumbers to participate and demonstrate the full skills, both practical and theoretical, needed to be a plumber.”

With an abundance of Kiwis having spent their travel money on home renovations over the past year, the demand for plumbers will reach new heights.

Recent research shows that approximately 2,900 more qualified plumbers are needed to meet current requirements in New Zealand.

The Young Plumber of the Year competition is Plumbing World’s forward-thinking initiative aimed at attracting more young talent to the profession.

Now in its fourth year, the Plumbing World New Zealand national competition continues: supporting young and emerging talent in the New Zealand trading industry.

The winner of the National Finals will receive a share of prizes worth $55,000, including $5,000 in cash, $8600 Toolware Prize Package, $5,000 Milwaukee Prize Package, $1500 in NZPM RPS Shares, Tools, Gift Certificates and a one-year subscription to NZ Plumber Magazine.

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