Supporting the next generation of plumbing professionals at the SoPHE Plumbing Centre of Excellence
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On Friday 14 June, we attended the Society of Public Health Engineers’ (SoPHE) annual Plumbing Centre of Excellence (PCE) event at Waltham Forest College.

The PCE aims to help bridge the gap between domestic and commercial plumbing, helping young people gain the confidence and knowledge they need to forge a career in the industry.

David Thomas, Barry Stubbs, and Bob Warren represented Aliaxis at the event to show support for the PCE’s work and the PCE / Young Engineers’ Network (YEN) Plumbing Competition, providing materials from our Protecta-Line range to give students the chance to practise their problem-solving and fault-finding skills within plumbing installations.

Students were tasked with finding five installation errors within the samples provided and giving an explanation as to why the faults would compromise the installation, with two points available for the correct identification and accurate explanation.

Aliaxis oversaw one of eight tasks that the contestants were required to complete. Each of SoPHE’s 10 YEN contestants was paired up with a plumbing student from Waltham Forest College in order to see how well they worked as a team. We guided the teams through their tasks before marking them on two separate elements; their teamwork and their overall task performance. The winner will be announced at SoPHE’s annual dinner in November.

The purpose and ethos of the PCE and YEN aligns perfectly with our advocacy and support for young people entering our industry and driving it forwards. It was a pleasure to be part of this year’s event, and we’re looking forward to the announcement of the winners in November.