An apprentice plumber proved his ambition to be ‘Plumber of the Year’ was no pipe dream when he won the South West regional heat.

Dean Stratford, 21, who is studying a level two apprenticeship at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College while working for DW Dunn Ltd, beat 11 other hopefuls to compete in the national finals next month.

Dean, who is from South Cerney, said: “I found the skills I have learnt both on the job and at college meant the task in the competition was second nature to me. I can’t wait for the next round.”

He hopes to go on to complete a level three apprenticeship.

Tutor Tony Rainford said: “Dean has a natural ability for all things mechanical,…and he approached the competition with such a good attitude. Excellent work Dean.”

Featured image caption: Dean Stratford, 21, who could be on his way to becoming plumber of the year

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