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James Hargreaves ‘sinks’ up with Burnley College!

It’s all cisterns go for East Lancashire’s plumbing and heating engineers of the future thanks to an exciting new partnership!

James Hargreaves Plumbing Supplies – the UK’s leading independent supplier of plumbing and heating materials – has joined forces with Burnley College to help students and Themis Apprentices learn best practice on their chosen career path.

The James Hargreaves “Centre of Plumbing Excellence” has now officially opened at the College – rated number one in the country* –  in a move that will also include sponsorship support.

The College will receive significant trade credit against products from James Hargreaves while the company will also offer annual prizes to students who excel in their studies.

“It’s great to partner with such a renowned company as James Hargreaves. We are absolutely delighted,” said Karen Buchanan, Principal at Burnley College.


“We have one of the strongest construction departments in the North West, with a reputation for excellence. To now have the power of the James Hargreaves brand behind us will help us develop still further and support the highly-skilled plumbing and heating engineers of tomorrow. That the arrangement also offers recognition for our outstanding students is a real bonus.”

Karen Buchanan

Principal, Burnley College

Jack Rothwell, Systems Director at James Hargreaves Plumbing Supplies said: “We have seen at first hand the amazing work of the staff and students at Burnley College and we want to help them in any way we can.

“We are keen to create a partnership which provides opportunities and incentives for students and it is particularly pleasing for all of this to be happening right here in Burnley, close to our headquarters.”

The two parties hit the national headlines last year in a partnership with Burnley Football Club which saw students use plumbing materials like sinks, taps and boilers to construct artificial ‘fans’ at Turf Moor – an initiative which attracted national media exposure.

“That project, coming right at the heart of the Covid pandemic when football grounds were unable to welcome supporters, was absolutely amazing,” added Mrs Buchanan. “It also served as the catalyst for this new partnership and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

*In the latest Government achievement tables for learners age 16-19.