Nov 27TH

College Trainees Success at the National Skills Competition

A trainee stonemason and a trainee cabinet maker from Moulton College are both celebrating achieving third place at the national final of SkillBuild, the UK’s largest multi-trade competition.

Trainee Stonemason 23 year old Joseph Nelson, from High Wycombe, was competing against 10 other finalists while trainee Cabinet maker David William from Wellingborough completed against 8 other finalists in his category at a tense three day final which took place at the Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC.

SkillBuild is managed by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), with endorsement from WorldSkills UK.

The SkillBuild 2013 UK Final sees the top-scoring finalists compete in a wide range of specialist categories including Bricklaying, Joinery, Carpentry and Plastering. This year, almost 125 entrants took part in 14 regional heats across the UK in a bid to make it to the final.

Joseph, who is employed by J.P. Nelson Masonry and attends Moulton College and David who is an apprentice at The Edward Barnsley Workshop in Hampshire both received their awards at a high profile awards ceremony on Saturday 16thNovember, which was attended by industry leaders and sponsors.

Joseph and David agreed that they were absolutely delighted to be in the top three, they both felt that the competition was very tough but it had been worth all the hard work and preparation.  Both wanted to thanks their employers for all their support and help and also everyone at SkillBuild for a great competition.

Mick O’Flynn, Regional Delivery Manager for CITB in the East Midlands said: “This year’s SkillBuild has been a fantastic success and it’s always a pleasure to bring together the construction industry’s brightest talent in this nationwide competition. SkillBuild encourages excellence, helps to raise standards in training and is an exciting way to showcase the outstanding talent in the construction industry.  We’re proud of David, and all of the finalists, who have demonstrated work of an exceptionally high standard.”

As the largest multi-trade competition in the UK, SkillBuild covers a wide range of crafts including bricklaying, cabinet making, carpentry, joinery, painting and decorating, plastering, roofing, stonemasonry and wall and floor tiling.

For more information about the competition and for a list of all the winners please visit: