April 2012 - APPRENTICES SHINE AT SKILLBUILD
Four talented apprentices have impressed judges at the recent regional heats of the prestigious SkillBuild competition, each coming away with medals.
Lee Fairall, brickwork apprentice for Jessup Build Develop won bronze in the brickwork competition. Whilst Daniel Warner from S&C Painting, Jack Baker from C7 Decorators and Lucy Porter from Hankinsons won silver, bronze and an achievement award respectively in the Painting and Decorating competition.
SkiliBuild is the largest multi--trade competition in the country for construction trainees and apprentices, covering ten crafts, including brickwork, carpentry and painting and decorating.
Run by CITB-ConstructionSkills, the 2012 West Midlands regional heats took place on Thursday 26th April at South Birmingham College, and involved students working on test plans which took a day to complete.
The test pieces undertook during the competition were designed to challenge the ability of entrants to follow detailed instructions, produce accurate and neat work outputs, be economical with materials while working to strict tirnescales all essential requirements for today's construction industry. The highest scorers from the regional events will now be put forward to compete in the national final.
Barry Hill, Curriculum Manager for Construction said: "We are delighted that four of our students came away from the regional SkillBuild heats with medals. Participating in competitions is a great way for students to test their skills against their peers and hone their technical abilities, whilst working under pressure. I have been extremely impressed with the professional approach the students have taken and their willingness to compete."
Painting and Decorating students are also due to take part in the Johnstones Young Painter of the Year competition, and apprentice Lucy Porter is set to compete in the national final of the Dulux Apprentice of the Year competition.
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