Sep 13TH

Five Moulton Students reach final of National Contest

Five Moulton College construction trainees have won a place at the finals of the UK’s largest multi-trade competition, SkillBuild 2013. Joseph Nelson, Robert Girvan, Joshua Davis, David Williams, and Sam Brister, have already triumphed at the regional heat of SkillBuild and will compete against the other regional winners at the Skills Show, the UK’s biggest skills and careers show which takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 14-16 November.

All five, who attend Moulton College, will be competing against the best trainees in the country, in the following categories:

Joseph Nelson, age 22, a level 3 apprentice who is employed by The Stonemasonry Company, will be competing in the Stonemasonry category

Robert Girvan, age 32, who is employed by Lincoln Cathedral Masons, will be competing in the Stonemasonry category

Joshua Davis, age 21, a level 2 apprentice who is employed by Fairhaven Stone Ltd, will be competing in the Stonemasonry category

David Williams, age 20 who is employed as an apprentice by The Edward Barnsley Workshop, will be competing in the Cabinet making category

Sam Brister, age 19, who is a level 3 learner at Moulton College will be competing in the Cabinet making category

The three day competition is staged by CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, and will see over 100 talented individuals battling to be crowned the best in their field in a range of skills from Stonemasonry to Painting and Decorating.

Mick O’Flynn, Regional Delivery Manager for CITB in Northamptonshire said: “The SkillBuild 2013 finals will celebrate the enormous amount of construction talent across the nation. The finals bring together the country’s most promising construction trainees and we are really excited to see another year of outstanding achievement.

SkillBuild encourages excellence, helps to raise standards in training and is an exciting way to showcase the outstanding talent coming into the construction industry.”

Geoff Nichols, from Moulton College commented: “We’re delighted to see five of our students go through to the national finals of SkillBuild 2013. It’s a real testament to the work that they has been doing, and we foresee a bright future ahead for them.”

SkillBuild is run by CITB as part of its commitment to training and excellence across the construction industry. SkillBuild is the UK’s biggest and longest running skills competition and in 2013 the National Final will be held at the Skills Show, at the NEC Birmingham.

The competition starts at 9am on Wednesday 13th November. Competitors have until 12 noon on Friday 15th November to demonstrate their skills by producing work based as accurately as possible from drawings that are unveiled at the start of the competition.

The competition will be followed by a SkillBuild reception event, and then an awards event held in conjunction with the Skills Show.

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