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Eight construction trainees from the Midlands to compete in UK Skills Competition


""Eight construction apprentices from the Midlands 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 regional heats the following apprentices have progressed to the UK National Final, to be held at the Birmingham NEC from November 16-18

Derby College

  • Haralds Jonans – Plastering

Leicester College

  • Jake Dominy – Bricklaying

Moulton College

  • James Boyes – Cabinet Making
  • Samuel Matthews – Cabinet Making

NCC Midlands

  • Matthew Beagley – Roof Slating and Tiling

Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology

  • Andrew Balmer – Carpentry

South and City College Birmingham

  • Jack Hull – Wall and Floor Tiling

Stafford College

  • Sam Yeomans – Bricklaying

The eight trainees and apprentices from the Midlands 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.

Lorraine Gregory, 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 eight trainees will be heading to the UK National Final to fly the flag for the Midlands.”

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