Plumbers clean up at awards ceremony

(from left) Paul Hopper, Stuart Nice and Richard Pettitt at the awards ceremony
(from left) Paul Hopper, Stuart Nice and Richard Pettitt at the awards ceremony
Apprentice plumbers studying at MidKent College have been recognised as being among the best craftsmen in the country.


Richard Pettitt, 42, from Rochester, and Paul Hopper, 23, from Swanscombe, were honoured as part of the prestigious Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Certificate Scheme at a ceremony earlier this month.

The annual event – held at Plaisterers’ Hall, London – is organised by the Construction Liveries Group in partnership with the Livery Companies Skills Council and City & Guilds.

Stuart Nice, MidKent College’s head of Construction and Building Services, said: “These two students are a credit to themselves, their employers and the College.

“These talented individuals have both demonstrated outstanding aptitude and ability, and have the potential to make a major contribution within the plumbing industry.”

Paul and Richard, who both represented MidKent College at last year’s WorldSkills competition, are currently studying for their Level 3 NVQs in Plumbing and Heating.

Paul has more than five years’ experience as a plumbing and heating engineer while Richard works for Southern Water as a water regulations officer.

MidKent College is approved by the Skills Funding Agency to offer both apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships.

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For all media enquiries, please contact Steve Knight, Marketing and Communications Officer, on 01634 383277 or email steve.knight@midkent.ac.uk.

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