Finding the plumbers and electricians of the future


Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is helping to identify the tradesmen and women of the future with its sponsorship of the HIP and SPARKS Apprentice of the Year 2020 competitions.

The company will provide three vans to support the annual contests for plumbing and electrical apprentices, with regional heats running across the country until April.Volkswagen Crafter, Caddy and Caddy Maxi vans will be used to transport equipment for the live challenges to the heats where hundreds of plumbers and electricians compete to win a place at the grand final.

Full-time apprentices, aged 17-24, compete in each heat with the ultimate winner, selected by a panel of industry experts, receiving prizes worth up to £10,000.

The Volkswagen van line-up will be crucial to the competitions, with the live challenges featuring shower/boiler repairs for the plumbers and wiring, bulbs and switch tests for electricians.All the equipment needs to be transported to every corner of the country, showcasing the Crafter’s load bay size of up to 18.4m3 and the versatility of the Caddy and Caddy Maxi.

“We are delighted to be able to support these well-established competitions which help to develop the next-generation of plumbers and electricians,” said David Hanna, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Head of Service & Parts.“The Apprentice of the Year competitions needed a reliable way to transport equipment around the country for the all-important regional heats – and the Crafter and Caddy are the perfect answer.”

He added: “Our Working With You promise is testament to our understanding of the industry, from the most experienced tradesperson to a newly-qualified apprentice.From our mobile servicing to our cost-effective service plans, we’ll be with you every step of the way now and in the future.”

HIP magazine is the only magazine for plumbing and heating students and apprentices in the UK.Similarly, SPARKS magazine is also the only magazine for apprentice electricians.

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