Jan 22, 2020

  • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is supporting the HIP and SPARKS Apprentice of the Year 2020 competitions
  • Volkswagen Crafter and Caddy help transport equipment to regional heats
  • Long-standing competitions help find the next-generation of plumbers and electricians
  • Apprentices compete in challenges to impress panel of industry experts

Milton Keynes, UK – 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.

HIP Magazine is the only magazine for plumbing and heating students and apprentices in the UK. Developed by lecturers and key industry leaders, the publication is both industry and syllabus-led, creating an essential course companion and study aid for Levels Two and Three.

Similarly, SPARKS Magazine is also the only magazine for apprentice electricians. Reaching 98% of electrical apprentices, the magazine is dedicated to delivering world-class learning material to support electrical apprentices and students as well as lecturers.

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.

“Our Working With You promise is testament to our understanding of the industry, from the most experienced tradesperson to a newly-qualified apprentice. From our mobile servicing to our cost-effective service plans, we’ll be with you every step of the way now and in the future.”

Phil Wilkinson-Jones, Editor of HIP and SPARKS, said: “We’re so pleased to have Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles supporting the HIP and SPARKS Apprentice of the Year competitions. We needed reliable, hard-wearing vans to transport equipment to colleges around the country and couldn’t be happier with the Crafter, Caddy and Caddy Maxi.”

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Note to editors:

Electronic images accompany this press release showing:

  • HS_01, 2 - Glenn Stonehouse, Competition Head Judge with the vehicles
  • HS_05 - Lola Roberts, HIP Apprentice contestant
  • HS_06 - Samuel Andrew Pope, SPARKS Apprentice contestant

About Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles:
Over 60 years ago, the first Transporter arrived in the UK, creating a blueprint which others would follow: a van which gets the job done efficiently and reliably. Today, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles offers a diverse model range – from the compact Caddy, through the evergreen Transporter and sturdy Crafter panel vans, dropsides and tippers, to the Caravelle passenger carrier, California camper and the Amarok pick-up. The vehicles are as versatile and dependable as Volkswagens have always been, but now they’re more spacious, more comfortable and safer than ever.

Every van also comes backed by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ ‘Working With You’ promise. It’s a commitment to work in partnership with businesses, providing them with the best products and aftersales support, whether they’re buying one or a thousand vans. For more information visit

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