Saniflo UK, a leading designer and manufacturer of macerators, pumps and shower cubicles, want to encourage the next generation to enter the plumbing profession. This year the company sponsored the prestigious CIPHE Apprentice Awards, which were awarded during the first day of the PHEX exhibition for installers in Chelsea on 14 November 2017.
The awards saw three students gain awards for their skills in Heating, Plumbing and Vulnerability. Daniel Martins took the trophy for Heating, whilst James Boyle of South Gloucester College accepted the Plumbing award. Robbie McNeil from Painsley was also awarded The Vulnerability award, for attending an emergency call out to a customer on dialysis. This award highlights just how much of a priority public health and safety is for the profession.
Tim Pestell, Managing Director of Saniflo, recognised the work of CIPHE in developing young plumbers: “It is vital for the sector in the UK that we encourage young blood to come through. The age profile of CIPHE members is over 50 so these talented apprentices are fundamental to the future of the profession including us as manufacturers. CIPHE is creating innovative solutions to attract more people, including the development of a distance learning degree in Building Services and Water Management and the offer of bursaries from the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. It is in our interests as suppliers to the sector to support these initiatives as much as we can.”Saniflo | saniflo.co.uk