City College apprentices prove they have the best skills in the region

Published: 31st May 2016

Published by City College Southampton

Five City College Southampton students demonstrated the skills they need to lay the foundations of their futures at the SkillBuild Competition 2016, last week (May 26).

The contestants included Joe Hinbest, 24, who came first in site carpentry, Charles Pearce, 16, first in bench joinery, David Carty, 19, second in brickwork, Ryan Whale, 20, second in painting and decorating, and Declan O’Leary, 16, third in painting and decorating.

Nine students from across multiple construction disciplines were entered into the competition by City College and came away with brilliant results at the regional heats.

On the day, apprentices were provided with a brief to complete within a timescale and had to apply the skills they had learnt in the workplace as part of their NVQ qualifications.

SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the country, covering 10 craft occupations including bricklaying, carpentry and painting and decorating.

Nigel Smalley, learning manager in construction, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for the students and credit goes to our teachers in brickwork, carpentry and painting & decorating who have not just delivered the core skills to our students, but gone that extra mile to make this possible.”  

Joe Hinbest, site carpentry apprentice, said: “My tutors have been excellent, they are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. This year of my apprenticeship at City College has been instrumental in providing me with the key skills I needed, which undoubtedly helped me to achieve first place in the SkillBuild regional competition.”

City College offers a range of apprenticeships and career-led courses with hands-on working environments, preparing students for their futures.

The competition works on a point based system and the students will find out if they qualified for the finals, held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham in November.