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Construction trainees from Scotland set to pit their skills against the best in UK


""A dozen construction apprentices representing colleges throughout Scotland have secured their 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 brings together construction trainees from all over the UK to compete in their chosen skills, including bricklaying, carpentry, joinery, wall and floor tiling and painting and decorating.

Following their success at the Scottish SkillBuild regional heats at South Lanarkshire College and Edinburgh College in May, the following apprentices have progressed to the UK National Final at the Birmingham NEC from November 16-18.

Ayrshire College

  • Calum Mitchell, Joinery
  • David Hamilton, Joinery

City of Glasgow College

  • Aiden Dearie, Painting and Decorating
  • Declan McGinley, Plastering
  • Karen Gemmell, Stonemasonry
  • Mark Scott, Wall and Floor Tiling

Dundee and Angus College

  • Declan Collins, Painting and Decorating

Edinburgh College

  • Calum Munro, Stonemasonry
  • Hamish Innes, Stonemasonry

Forth Valley College

  • Callum Bonner, Painting and Decorating
  • Ross Cowie, Stonemasonry 

South Lanarkshire College

  • Liam Crossan, Roof Slating and Tiling

The 12 trainees and apprentices from Scotland will go head to head with trainees from across the UK, all with the aim of winning SkillBuild 2017 and a possible place as part of ‘Squad UK’ for the international competition WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

Ian Hughes, Partnerships Director for CITB Scotland, said: “Participating in SkillBuild is a great way to kick-start a successful career in construction.

“As the largest UK multi-trade competition for construction trainees and apprentices, SkillBuild gives learners the chance to showcase their skills and gain recognition for their talent at an early stage. Competitors are really put to the test in their chosen field.

“I’m delighted that these twelve trainees will be heading to the UK National Final to fly the flag for Scotland, and I wish them all the very best of luck.”

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