February 18, 2020

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles helps find future plumbers and electricians

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is helping unearth the tradesmen and women of the future with sponsorship of the HIP and SPARKS Apprentice of the Year 2020 competitions.

The brand will provide three vans to support the annual competitions for plumbing and electrical apprentices which kicked off on January 14, with regional heats running across the country until April.

The Volkswagen Crafter, Caddy and Caddy Maxi will be used to transport equipment for the live challenges to the heats where hundreds of plumbers and electricians compete to win a place at the grand final.

Full-time apprentices, aged 17-24, compete in each heat with the ultimate winner, selected by a panel of industry experts, receiving prizes worth up to £10,000.

The Volkswagen van line-up will be crucial to the competitions with the live challenges featuring shower/boiler repairs for the plumbers and wiring, bulbs and switch tests for electricians. All the equipment for each needs to be transported to every corner of the country, showcasing the Crafter’s load bay size of up to 18.4m3 and the versatility of the Caddy and Caddy Maxi.

David Hanna, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles head of service and parts, said: “We are delighted to be able to support these well-established competitions which help to develop the next-generation of plumbers and electricians. The HIP and SPARKS Apprentice of the Year competitions needed a reliable way to transport its equipment around the country for the all-important regional heats – and the Crafter and Caddy are the perfect answer.”