Student success at Skillbuild 2016

Construction students from Hugh Baird College triumphed in the North West regional heats of the UK’s largest multi-trade competition, Skillbuild.

The heat was held at Stockport College and saw trainees from across the region taking part in competitions in a whole range of construction disciplines.

Beth Jewell took 1st place in the New Entrant Wall and Floor Tiling category, with Ahmed Kassim winning 2nd place in the Senior Wall and Floor Tiling (pictured). The talented tilers were tasked with creating a complicated design to exacting specifications and competition was fierce. Apprentice, Isaac Felmingham also placed 2nd in his category – New Entrant Painting and Decorating.

Beth said:

“I’m really proud to have won at SkillBuild and being recognised as one of the best trainee tradespeople in the North West is a huge achievement. The competition was really tough but it was a great chance for me to show some of the skills that I use every day in College.
I would definitely recommend taking part in SkillBuild. It’s good fun and you get to show off your skills to your peers, employers and the industry, which can only be good for your career.”

Skillbuild is part of the WorldSkills UK competition framework, which is a series of around 70 quality assured skills competitions which take place in a diverse range of sectors from Construction and the Built Environment to Cultural and Creative Arts.

Construction categories included Bricklaying, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Dry Walling Systems, Joinery, Painting and Decorating and Plastering.

The competition is managed by CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board, as part of its ongoing work to bring new blood into the construction industry.

If you are interested in a career in any of the construction trades, why not contact the College’s Student Advice Team on 0151 353 4444.