The Apprentice of the Month competition is sponsored by Vaillant , Wolseley, and Sentinel. We are also supported by Installer Magazine and Installers First.

Each of our sponsors works together with us to upskill and educate apprentices across the UK as they continue their qualification and eventually emerge into the world of employment.

Click on our sponsors’ biographies below to learn more about their individual products and services.


As a leading manufacturer in the heating industry, Vaillant offers its customers worldwide energy-saving heating and hot water systems, utilising both gas fired and renewable technologies. Its product portfolio encompasses high-efficiency boilers, solar-thermal, heat pumps and larger output boilers for light commercial use as well as a range of intelligent controls.

Find out more on the Vaillant website


Wolseley is part of Ferguson, the world’s largest trade distributor of plumbing and heating products and a leading supplier of building materials. Today Wolseley operates Plumb, Parts, Drain, Pipe and Climate Center as separate businesses with a network of over 550 branches but it is working towards bringing every part of those businesses together to form one specialist trade merchant under the Wolseley name to consolidate its position as the UK’s largest plumbing, heating and cooling trade specialist merchant.

The company is at the forefront of distribution and is constantly evolving its business model and investing in its logistics to ensure customers can continue getting the right products at the right time. Recent developments include in-night deliveries and the evolution of a market-leading website offering insight and knowledge as well as products.

Each Wolseley branch is built to put customers first and soon, its entire product range will be accessible under one roof. That means customers can easily reach all its products and specialisms, delivering on its promise of helping them achieve more.

Find out more on the Wolseley website


For almost 30 years, Sentinel has partnered with leading boiler manufacturers internationally to deliver lifetime boiler and system protection solutions. Our high quality products and best practice Sentinel System of ‘Clean, Protect, Maintain’ help to preserve the energy ratings of heating and hot water systems and components, reduce energy bills and CO2 emissions, meet boiler warranty conditions, prevent breakdown and repairs, and increase system longevity.  

Trusted by manufacturers, heating and plumbing engineers, and homeowners alike, Sentinel solutions are independently proven, high performance and reliable – just a few of the reasons why Sentinel is one of only two water treatment brands endorsed in major boiler manufacturer installation and servicing manuals.

Find out more on the Sentinel website


Installer is essential reading for heating, plumbing and renewable professionals. Providing the latest news, product and training information to the heating industry, Installer magazine has been at the forefront of this sector for twenty years.

Find out more on the Installer website

Installers First

Installers First is a community of Professional Accredited Heating Installers. It provides installers with information and an opportunity to help shape Government regulation and policy, making sure that their voice is heard, and their valuable experience is taken into consideration.

Installers First was created to provide a platform for Installers to have their say. It also provides a single point of information, on the latest industry developments. Including Government consultations for proposed legislation, regulation and schemes like ECO and Green Deal.

Installers First is managed and promoted by a community of Professional Accredited Installer Champions and the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).

Find out more on the Installers First website