West Nottinghamshire College is celebrating yet another great scoop of awards in the UK’s biggest construction skills competition.
On Wednesday 26th April the college hosted the East Midlands regional heats of SkillBuild 2016, with certificates of achievement being handed out by the college’s deputy principal for teaching and learning Chris Thomas.
Aimed at finding Britain’s best trainee tradesperson, the event saw 79 students from 17 colleges compete in a wide range of craft-based challenges including bricklaying, carpentry, joinery, plastering, painting and decorating, cabinet making and floor & wall tiling.
Nine students entered by the college achieved top three positions in their respective categories, with three of them earning the top spot:
Lauren Wells, new entrant in painting and decorating – first place
Stefan Hubble, senior in painting and decorating – first place
Adam Parr, senior in carpentry – first place
Tyler Monk, new entrant in carpentry – second place
Stanley Smith, senior in painting and decorating – second place
Niall Garrity, new entrant in plastering – third place
Jordan Dallison, new entrant in joinery – third place
Joshua Tideswell, new entrant in bricklaying – third place
Holly Seals, new entrant in painting and decorating – third place
Stefan Hubble, who works for Edwinstowe-based Sharpline Decorators, said: “This is the third year on the trot I’ve won at regional SkillBuild so I’m quite proud.
“Throughout the competition I felt quietly confident. I guess I’m not as nervous as I used to be in competitions”.
Sixteen-year-old trainee painter and decorator Lauren Wells said: “I’m shaking with nerves! The challenge was quite a complex one which you had to really concentrate on. I didn’t think I’d come first but I’m so happy I did”.
The regional heats involve students working on test plans which take around six hours to complete, with the highest scorers from the senior categories being put forward to compete in the national final.
Head of construction and building services Julian Walden said: “I say it every year, but yet again I was incredibly impressed by the level of skills that all students showed. Their attention to detail, the way they challenged their own skill levels and paced themselves throughout the competition was inspiring.
“Well done to everyone and a huge congratulations to those who won awards and the very best of luck to the competitors who will be advancing to the UK finals in November”.
Organised by the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board), SkillBuild has been running for more than 20 years as a way of recognising the importance of trainees and their skills.
Success at the SkillBuild regional heats will give entrants the opportunity to challenge for a place on the WorldSkills UK team and progress to compete at the 2017 WorldSkills competition in Dubai.