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Students compete to win hundreds of pounds of specialist tools!

Earlier this week, Eastleigh College plumbing students went head-to-head in a competition, with an opportunity to win hundreds of pounds worth of specialist tools.

Level 2 and Level 3 students who have recently started their course, put the skills they have already learned into practice during the competition.  The students were set the task of incorporating different bends and soldering based around the Eastleigh College initials, to showcase their existing skills before moving on to learn the more high-level technical skills required within the course. The pressures students faced during the competition included meeting a deadline, being accurate and using initiative, which is similar to what they may face in the workplace.

Plumbing tool specialist Monument Tools kindly donated the competition prize of a tool box packed with a variety of equipment including a soldering mat, pipe wrench, absorbent sheet and much more, which the winning student can use in their future career.

Eastleigh College ensures students are prepared for their future and helps them gain the skills employers look for. Adam, who is 17 and went head-to-head with fellow students, describes the competition, “It’ll help me with my pipe-bending skills and the biggest challenge is how accurate it’s got to be! Winning the competition will look great on my CV and look good to future employers.”

Plumbing Lecturer and Teaching and Learning Coach, Michael Lock comments on the competition, “It’s a great opportunity for the students to get involved with. Not only does it prepare them for competing in national and regional competitions on behalf of the College but it also stretches and challenges their skill set, making them more employable and stronger in the industry.”

The winner will be announced in a couple of weeks and will be judged by the College’s Plumbing department.

To find out more about the College’s Apprenticeships and Full-time courses in Plumbing, visit the courses web page, call 023 8091 1299 or email