Local Trainee Triumphs in regional competition

A CITB Bricklaying trainee is celebrating after triumphing in the regional heat of SkillBuild – the UK’s largest multi-trade competition.

Ian Turner age 19 from Coseley in the West Midlands could know go on to themay now have a chance to compete at a national level when the competition final takes place later this year.

Commenting on his win, Ian a Bricklaying apprentice, who is employed by Ellesmore Construction Ltd and attends Dudley College, said: “I’m really pleased to have done well at SkillBuild– it’s a compliment just to have been nominated to compete, so to go on to win makes me feel great. It shows that I’m one of the best young trades-people in the area, which I think is definitely something I can be proud of.”

The regional heat, which took place at South and City College Birmingham on 25 April, is one of 15 regional heats taking place around the UK. The highest scoring competitors will be given the opportunity to compete at the three day SkillBuild UK final, which will take place later this year.

SkillBuild is an annual event which is managed by CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, and supported by local employers as well as national sponsors.

Mick O’Flynn, Regional Delivery Manager for CITB in the West Midlands, commented: “SkillBuild is one of the many ways that CITB adds value to the industry, working on its behalf to encourage new talent to join the sector. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, we’re delivering gold standard apprenticeships that meet the needs of a hi-tech, world class industry with outstanding career prospects, and the quality of the work done by competitors at SkillBuild is testament to this. The level of skill, determination and professionalism shown by the competitors has been outstanding, and everyone who took part should feel very proud of themselves. I wish all of yesterday’s participants every success for the future, and look forward to seeing many of them competing in the national final.”

 Lowell Williams, Principal at Dudley College said: “We recognise the importance of skills competitions and as a college we’ve encouraging their integration across all vocational areas. SkillsBuild is a great way for our construction students to demonstrate their talents and increase their confidence by competing and interacting with fellow students from other training organisations.



“Ian was one of the trainees who recently worked on Dudley Evolve, our new £18 million vocational training centre, and this ‘hands-on’ experience led to him securing employment as a bricklayer. We’re extremely proud of his accomplishments in the regional finals and wish him every success if he progresses to the national finals.”

At SkillBuild trainees compete in a variety of trades including Bricklaying, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Dry Walling Systems, Joinery, Painting and Decorating and Plastering.  

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