A plumbing apprentice from Petroc picked up the bronze medal in a national competition.

Tom Moys, from Appledore, came third in the SkillPumb contest in the NEC in Birmingham, after reaching the final eight.

The 20-year-old, who is studying an Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing and Mechanical Engineering Services, secured a place in the final of SkillPlumb after putting on an impressive performance and winning the regional final in Chichester in September.

Tom, who has been plumbing since he was 10, said: “The final was a huge step up from anything I’ve ever done before. It was all about working quickly and accurately, as there was just a 1mm +/- tolerance.

“It was strange but also quite exciting to be so on show whilst working.”

Tom currently works for Lymath and Moys Ltd, his father’s business.

Tom Moys won bronze in the national SkillPumb final at the NEC.Tom Moys won bronze in the national SkillPumb final at the NEC.

Earlier this year he was runner-up in the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year Competition.