Young plumber from Stamford is left flushed by his award success

Highly commended - apprentice plumber George Houghton.

Highly commended - apprentice plumber George Houghton.

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Apprentice plumber George Houghton says the “future looks exciting” after he was highly commended in a national competition.

The 19-year-old New College Stamford student was named runner-up Apprentice of the Year in the Heating and Renewables 2015 Awards, which this year attracted a record number of entries.

When his moped was stolen he cycled 20 miles to work without complaining.

Alex Driver, director

George, from Langham in Rutland, was nominated by his employer Orangehouse Renewables in Stamford, and supported by his college tutors, for his hard work and dedication to his craft, and his desire to improve his skills.

Company director Alex Driver, said: “We are absolutely delighted for George. He has become indispensable to us and is capable, trustworthy and honest.

“His attention to detail is commendable and he always does far more than asked of him, working extra hours when needed.

He added: “When his moped was stolen he cycled 20 miles to work without complaining. He deserves this recognition. We believe George will become a well-respected engineer within the renewable energy community and we feel lucky to have him on our team.”

George said: “I love going to work every day and really enjoy improving my skills, but to get this national recognition from the plumbing and renewables industry is a great bonus.

Qualified specialists are very sought-after and there are so many emerging technologies. The future is exciting.”

Tutor Mark Hudson said he was thrilled for the teenager.

He said: “George always strives to give his best and is incredibly committed to every task he undertakes so it is no wonder he was recognised by the competition judges. He’s already developed a great talent, so I have no doubt that he’ll go far.”