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Nine construction trainees from Southern England to compete in UK Skills Competition

""Nine construction apprentices from Southern England have won a place at the UK National Final of the UK’s longest running construction skills competition.

Organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), SkillBuild has been showcasing the talents of apprentices for over 40 years. The competition sees construction trainees from across the UK compete in their chosen skills, including bricklaying, carpentry, joinery, wall and floor tiling and painting and decorating.

Following their success in the regional heats the following apprentices have progressed to the UK National Final, to be held at the Birmingham NEC from November 16-18:

Bath College

  • Oliver Takhar – Painting and Decorating
  • Joshua Underwood – Stonemasonry

Bridgewater and Taunton College

  • Matthew Harris -- Joinery

City College Plymouth

  • Philip Orme – Painting and Decorating

Cornwall College

  • Safia Megatli – Cabinet Making
  • Tom Pearce – Cabinet Making

South Devon College

  • Ethan Howe – Roof Slating and Tiling

Weymouth College

  • Alexander Waddell – Stonemasonry
  • Emma Sheridan – Stonemasonry

The trainees and apprentices from southern England will take on trainees from across the UK with the aim of winning SkillBuild 2017 and  potentially joining Squad UK for the international competition WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

Leif Tarry, Partnerships Manager at CITB, said: “Taking part in SkillBuild is a great way to kick-start a very successful career in construction. As the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices, SkillBuild gives learners the chance to showcase their skills and gain recognition for their talent. Competitors are really put to the test in their chosen field. I’m delighted that these nine trainees will be heading to the UK National Final to fly the flag for the South West.”

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