Five students from Moulton College were celebrating yesterday after triumphing in the regional heats of SkillBuild – the UK’s largest multi-trade competition. They may now have a chance to compete at a national level when the competition final takes place later this year.
The five victors are;
Attila Turbok, 19, a Wall & Floor Tiling apprentice who came first in his competition.
Brent Wills, 18, a Joinery apprentice who also came first in his competition.
Three full time Cabinet Making students from the college took first, second and third places; David Williams, Sam Brister and Elizabeth Shiner, all 19 years old.
Commenting on his win, David Williams said “I feel very proud to have won the Cabinet Making heat this year, after coming second in 2012 and working hard to improve the speed and technique of my handskills. The constant support from my college tutors equipped me well for the contest it’s a compliment just to have been nominated to compete, so to go on to win makes me feel great. It shows that I’m one of the best young trades-people in the area, which I think is definitely something I can be proud of”.
Sam Brister, a second year Furniture student said “I felt confident going into the competition, with the instruction and practice we’d had. Although I came second this year, in my third year I will be competing again, and hope to win the national final!
Elizabeth Shiner said “Skillbuild was fun and educational, and having been given many opportunities to practice, the drawing was clear and easy to understand”.
The regional heat, which took place at Vision West Nottinghamshire College on 23 April is one of 15 regional heats taking place around the UK. The highest scoring competitors will be given the opportunity to compete at the three day SkillBuild UK final, which will take place later this year.
SkillBuild is an annual event which is managed by CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, and supported by local employers as well as national sponsors.
The Moulton College winning students from left to right are: Attilla Turbok, Lizzie Shiner, David Williams, Sam Brister, Brent Wills
Mick O’Flynn, Regional Delivery Manager for CITB in the East Midlands, commented: “SkillBuild is one of the many ways that CITB adds value to the industry, working on its behalf to encourage new talent to join the sector. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, we’re delivering gold standard apprenticeships that meet the needs of a hi-tech, world class industry with outstanding career prospects, and the quality of the work done by competitors at SkillBuild is testament to this. The level of skill, determination and professionalism shown by the competitors has been outstanding, and everyone who took part should feel very proud of themselves. I wish all of yesterday’s participants every success for the future, and look forward to seeing many of them competing in the national final.”
Bruce Marsh, Advanced Practitioner in Furniture Studies from Moulton College said: “All the students were well prepared and keen and made excellent ambassadors for the College. The supporting tutors were very proud of the students’ achievements and we congratulate them on their efforts and success”.
At SkillBuild trainees compete in a variety of trades including Bricklaying, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Dry Walling Systems, Joinery, Painting and Decorating and Plastering.
For more information about SkillBuild please go to http://www.citb.co.uk/en-GB/Careers-in-Construction/SkillBuild/