Gold for Richard at World Skills UK Skills Show

An apprentice who completed the college part of his trade training at North East Scotland College has taken home gold in a prestigious national competition held recently in Birmingham. 
Richard Wilson (29), who is a final year plumbing apprentice at Sugplumb, was awarded first place in the competition, where he competed against apprentices and students from across the UK.  Richard attended North East Scotland College for three years on a day-release basis during his apprenticeship with Deeside-based Sugplumb.

Richard Wilson pictured with the SNIPEF Inter-College Plumbing Competition Shield

Richard was invited to compete in Birmingham after winning an inter-college competition organised by SNIPEF (Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation) at North East Scotland College’s Altens Campus earlier this year.  This was a two-day event which saw Richard complete various practical tasks and a written test.  His efforts were then judged against the work of trainee plumbers from colleges across Scotland. 

This success is the culmination of Richard’s plumbing training and is a result of his natural talent, hard work and dedication.  He recently swept the boards at the North East Scotland College Construction Crafts and Plumbing Ceremony, where he took home three awards, including the accolade of Top Plumbing Trainee in his year group for the third year in a row.

Pat Cromar, Faculty Manager for Construction and Automotive Engineering at North East Scotland College, said, “Richard is cool, calm and collected in class and in competition.  He has made full use of the excellent facilities and experienced staff at the college during his training, always being very keen to learn and to improve his skills, seeing great opportunities for himself in the construction industry.  He is a credit to his employer, the college and himself.  We are all very proud of him."

Richard is pictured with the SNIPEF Inter-College Plumbing Competition Shield.