Two Construction apprentices from Central College Nottingham are celebrating this week after coming second and third in their respective categories of the SkillBuild East Midlands competition. SkillBuild is run by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) and is the largest multi-trade competition in the country. This event was held on Tuesday 26 April, as part of the preliminary heats which lead to national finals later in the year. Success at the finals could eventually see students compete to participate in the Worldskills UK squad.
Rebecca Bishop is an apprentice at Nottingham City Homes. She came second in junior plastering. Oliver Newell came third in senior plastering and is completing his apprenticeship at Newell Plastering. They now have to wait until after the heats close in June to find out if they are placed in the top ten across the country. If so, they will go on to compete in the final later this year.
In total five students from Central took part: one student from bricklaying and two each from both plastering and painting and decorating. All of the students worked hard throughout the competition.
This is the first time we’ve taken students along to compete in the SkillBuild competition and we are so proud of all of them. Not only did they put in the time and effort to prepare in the weeks leading up to the competition, but they also coped really well in a pressurised environment. They’ve gained skills they can use in work and they’ll be an inspiration to their fellow students who could be next year’s competitors.Rob Moore, Curriculum Manager for Construction at Central
SkillBuild has been running for over 45 years and sees the very best in construction talent compete against each other to be crowned the SkillBuild winner in their chosen trade.
For information on Construction courses and apprenticeships at Central call 0115 914 6414.