20 year old plumber Jordan Picot received a gold medal for his performance at SkillPLUMB 2017, along with a spot on the Team UK squad.

The Skills Show is the nation’s largest skills and careers event. This year it pulled in 80,000 visitors. It’s the best of the best – so you know they’re not messing around.

The show also played host to SkillPLUMB 2017, a grueling 3-day intensive plumbing skills competition. The prize: pride, medals, goodies galore and a chance to be selected for the Team UK squad and represent their country in the forthcoming WorldSkills event in Kazan, Russia.

Now SkillPLUMB 2017 is over and the best skilled workers that the UK has to offer have emerged.

Jordan Picot Wins Gold at SkillPLUMB 2017

The gold medal went to none other than Jordan Picot, a student at Exeter College.

Jordan brought all his skills to the table when tasked with installing small central heating system and hot/cold water installation. This included a combination boiler, expansion vessel, pump, associated pipework, and bespoke designed copper radiators and towel rails. No small feat!

The task also had to be completed within a strict timeframe and was marked against tough criteria, including bend and joint quality, bend angles, and clearance and measuring marking out, which had to be accurate to within +/- 2mm. But that didn’t phase Jordan, who completed the task and took the top prize.

Russell Scott of Moray College got the silver medal, and the bronze medal went to Matthew Barton of Kendal College. All three were selected for the UK team, along with fellow competitor Thomas Thomas, from Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor.

Jordan had this to say about the big win.

“It feels amazing to win. I never thought I would get that far and my heart was pounding when they announced the winner! I’m also pleased to have the chance to compete internationally – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it.”

SkillPLUMB has the Copper Initiative as its premier sponsor and is organised by BPEC.

“We have been so impressed with the standard of work produced,” says Neil Collishaw of BPEC. “All competitors were really professional and are excellent role models for the thousands of young people who visited the show.”

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