City College hosts SkillBuild competition

Published: 11th May 2017

Published by City College Southampton

Talented construction students and apprentices from colleges across the South East of England came to City College on Tuesday 9th May to compete in SkillBuild, the UK’s largest multi-trade competition delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

City College was selected from a number of other colleges to host the 2017 South East regional heat where 75 competitors from various colleges spent the day in the college's construction workshops working towards a specific brief, under the watchful eyes of expert judges.

The competition included a range of crafts including bricklaying, cabinet making, carpentry, joinery, painting and decorating, plastering, wall and floor tiling, where trainees competed for a place in the national finals. Their completed projects were presented and judged in the afternoon followed by an awards ceremony where the winners were announced.

Rob Motherwell, City College’s Director of Learning (Construction & Engineering) said: "We were delighted to be chosen to host this year’s regional heat of the SkillBuild competition and welcome some of South East’s best talent to our campus to showcase their skills and compete against some of our students. The day has gone really well and the standard of work has been extremely high.

I'd like to congratulate everyone involved and wish the very best of luck to those that have made it through to the national final in November."

Two City College students walked away with medals, demonstrating exceptional skills in their respective craft.

Jamie Hatt received a medal for his painting and decorating work and, for the second year running, Joe Hinbest was awarded a medal for carpentry.

The SkillBuild competitions, organised by CITB, has been running for more than 45 years. The competition sees the very best in construction talent compete against each other to be crowned the SkillBuild winner in their chosen craft occupation and for a place in the SkillBuild national final taking place 16-18 November at the NEC in Birmingham.

With construction facing a severe skills shortage, and over 157,000 new construction jobs to be created across the UK by 2021, SkillBuild is an excellent way of showcasing the talented young people that are currently in the industry, and aims to inspire more people to consider a career in construction.

Rob Motherwell continued: "The future of the construction industry will largely depend on the expertise of those that are currently in training. Our aim is to enable our students to achieve their full potential and to provide an outstanding workforce for the future."