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Darlington apprentice reaches national construction final

""A Darlington apprentice has won a place at the UK National Final of the UK’s longest running construction skills competition.

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

After competing in the regional heats earlier this year, Ruairidh Macarthur, a carpentry apprentice studying at Darlington College, has progressed to the UK National Final, which be held at the Birmingham NEC from November 16-18.

He will now take on fellow finalists from across the UK, with the aim of winning SkillBuild 2017 and potentially joining Squad UK for the international competition WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

Jeremy Wright, CITB Partnerships Manager for the North East said: “It is fantastic to see young people from the North East making it into the final of SkillBuild 2017, and being given the opportunity to showcase their skills on a national stage. It is particularly pleasing to see that Ruairidh completed his apprenticeship through the CITB Apprenticeships team.

“SkillBuild is one of many ways we can show the immense talent coming into our industry, and attract more young people from the region to follow in Ruairidh’s footsteps into a rewarding career in construction.” 

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