Shrewsbury based Pipekit is partnering with the Shrewsbury Colleges Group, as the independent pipe systems and drainage distributor sets out to support the next generation of local plumbers.

Pipekit will be sponsoring the plumbing and gas department at Shrewsbury College on an ongoing basis and will be providing tools, materials, and technical presentations.

The partnership commenced this September, and Pipekit has provided the college with various products and resources from the leading manufacturers they represent including Albion, Flamco, Geberit, George Fischer, McAlpine, and various others.

One of the key components of the partnership will be monthly technical presentations conducted alongside industry manufacturers, which will offer ‘real-life’ knowledge and experience. The first session took place this week and was run by McAlpine Plumbing Products, showcasing the McAlpine products to the students, highlighting the features and benefits as well as demonstrating installation techniques and procedures. This will be followed by a session on valve technology from Albion and then a gas and water applications focus by Geberit Mapress.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Martyn Rowlands, owner and MD of Pipekit said: “We are delighted to be actively involved in the future of our industry and being able to give something back to our community. We were keen to play a part in helping to ensure local students and apprentices are aware of the latest products and technology that is being used within the industry, and significantly deliver that message through leading manufacturers."

He continued: “It’s also hugely rewarding to support a college that both myself and our Sales Director, Jamie McQueen, attended in our younger days."

The partnership between Pipekit and the Shrewsbury Colleges Group also has plans to introduce a Sponsored Student Award which will look to help drive standards and achievements for the enrolled students.

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