Jonathan Caisley, a JTL apprentice who attends Tyne Metropolitan College (TyneMet), has withstood the heat of competition to qualify for a national skills’ final. 

The 21-year-old, who studies plumbing and heating during day release from a first year Level 3 apprenticeship, won the North East regional round of the HIP Heating Apprentice of the Year contest. 

He triumphed in a day-long event at Newcastle College on Tuesday, January 16, and will now take his place in a national final on April 25 and 26 at ADEY Training and Conference Centre, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. 

Jonathan is employed by NU-Heat, the UK's largest supplier of warm water underfloor heating and integrated renewable solutions, and is an apprentice with JTL, a charity whose services include advanced apprenticeships, other training courses and NVQ assessments, within the building services sector. 

The annual competition, launched in 2009 by HIP, a national magazine for heating and plumbing students, gives learners the chance to gain recognition for their hard work and skills. It also gives lecturers and leading industry manufacturers the opportunity to get involved and to support the next generation of installers. 

Alongside the prestige for both student and college of winning a nationwide competition, £9,000 of prizes - donated by leading industry names – are on offer. 

Colleges can enter one level 2 or level 3 student into one of seven regional heats – learners must be aged 24 or under and have successfully completed the previous year’s test paper. 

Each regional heat winner, plus the student who has received the highest overall regional score, will go forward to the final. 

Alyn Carr, Deputy Head of Construction at TyneMet, said: “Jonathan did very to win the North East heat of this prestigious competition. 

“He displayed his skills to great effect, and I’m sure they will serve him well in the final. Everyone at TyneMet wishes him every success.”