It’s all cisterns go for the 10 young plumbers from across New Zealand who are gearing up to compete in the 2021 Young Plumber of The Year final.
On February 19, 2022, 10 of the top plumbers, representing regions from across the country, will put their skills to the ultimate test at Wintec in Hamilton for a chance to be crowned with the prestigious winning title.
Plumbing World New Zealand general manager Robb Kidd says the competition, now in its fourth year, continues to support up-and-coming talent in the trade industry.
“Achieving the Young Plumber of the Year title is no mean feat, and we’re thrilled to see this years’ competition begin with such enthusiasm and drive by our skilled young plumbers,” Kidd says.
“The aim of this competition is not only to recognise the talent that is currently in the plumbing trade, but to hopefully encourage other young Kiwis to consider a career in plumbing.
“In recent years we’ve recognised the need for more people to join the trades, but due to the pandemic we’ve seen many New Zealanders spending on home renovations instead of holidays.
“This has increased the demand for qualified plumbers, and with this comes an abundance of career and growth opportunities.”
New Zealand currently needs 30% more qualified plumbers to join the workforce to meet the demand.
Newly qualified plumbers stand to earn between $45,000 and $55,000 per year, dependent on their location across the country, with huge earning potential as their career progresses. A qualified tradesperson can earn more than $75,000 per year.
To qualify for the Young Plumber of the Year competition, participants had to be under the age of 31 years and working or training as a plumber.
The final competition will see the young plumbers attempt a series of plumbing disciplines, which are assessed by a panel of judges, in addition to a written test.
The winner of the national final stands to receive a share in $55,000 worth of prizes, including $5000 in cash, an $8600 Toolware prize pack, a $5000 Milwaukee prize pack, $1500 in NZPM RPS shares, tools, and gift vouchers, and a one-year subscription to NZ Plumber Magazine.
For their support, the winner’s employer will receive a prize including $1000 in NZPM RPS Shares, a $750 Puma Golf voucher, a $500 fuel voucher towards the running of the winner’s van, and a one-year supply of Red Bull energy drink.