Scottish plumber takes on the best at the WorldSkills Plumbing Finals

Scottish plumber takes on the best at the WorldSkills Plumbing Finals

A plumber from Turriff in Aberdeenshire has walked away with the Medallion for Excellence, during the final of the WorldSkills Plumbing competition which took place in the Black Forest town of Lahr, Germany, last week (2nd – 4th November).

Connor Cruden, who came top in 2019 at the SkillPLUMB UK finals to find the country’s most accomplished apprentice, ended the day ranking as 7th best in the World, sitting just 13 points away from the eventual gold medal winner, from Austria.

The competition, which was originally scheduled to take place last year in Shanghai, was relocated to Germany because of Chinese Covid-19 restrictions. It was held under the auspices of Grohe, a German plumbing fixtures manufacturer, and involved participants from 20 countries, including three observers from Ukraine.

Connor, who works Cowie Plumbing & Heating, said: “What a fantastic event. It stretched over three days and we were thrown straight into the thick of it with challenges including installing a bathroom and waste water pipes.

“It was 19.5 hours of intense competition, at a really high standard, and, after Day 2, I was in the lead. I was ahead of the pack – but on the final day I made a couple of stupid mistakes. I knew as soon as it happened and it cost me the points that could have brought me a Gold.

“I had trained hard and I entered the contest confidently. I would like to thank SNIPEF [Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation] for all the help, assistance and encouragement they provided to get me to this point – and also for a very generous, and very unexpected, financial consideration they gave me to mark my effort.”

Dale Thomson, Training Manager at SNIPEF Training Services, said: “We are all very proud of Connor and his achievements at the WorldSkills final in Germany. Receiving a Medallion for Excellence is an outstanding feat, and Connor performed fantastically and gave it his all.

“He is an excellent ambassador for the plumbing and heating industry, and is an example to anyone considering a career in our industry.”

Full results of the competition are available here.

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