College role in building skills

Angus College played host to the UK’s largest multi-trade competition, SkillBuild, netting three apprentices who came top of their heats who will now go on to compete in the UK Final in Preston this September.

Debbie Swan, from Coatbridge came top of her group in Painting and Decorating, Stuart Kennedy of Wishaw took first place in the Joinery competition and David McDougal, who lives in Inverness, was overall winner in the Carpentry category.

After 14 successful regional heats across the country, CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board, will be staging the SkillBuild 2012 UK Final for the country’s top-scoring finalists across a range categories including bricklaying, joinery, painting and decorating and carpentry. Finalists from each category will battle it out in the three day final to find the UKs top trainee in each trade.

In addition to winners and finalists within each category, the best bricklayer in the competition will be awarded the Peter Vickers Shield and the best overall competitor will win the Frank Eaton Award.

All of the awards will be announced at a closing dinner reception at Preston Guild Hall that will be attended by esteemed industry members, sponsors, academics and peers.

Winners of the final may also be chosen to compete at the prestigious WorldSkills tournament in Leipzig, Germany, next year.

Graeme Ogilvy, Director at ConstructionSkills in Scotland said: “We’re so pleased to be able to bring together and motivate the country’s most promising construction trainees in this nationwide competition. SkillBuild encourages excellence, helps to raise standards in training and is an exciting way to showcase the outstanding talent coming into the construction industry.”

SkillBuild is run by CITB-ConstructionSkills as part of its commitment to training and excellence and ongoing efforts to bring new blood into the construction industry.

This year’s final will be hosted by Preston College and will take place from September 12 to 14.

Lis Smith, principal of Preston College added: “We’re extremely proud to be the host of this year’s SkillBuild Final.

“For many years, our students have entered the competition and achieved success and we look forward to hosting some of the industry’s top trainees and to work with CITB-ConstructionSkills to promote excellence among our students. “