Apprentice skills recognised

FIFTEEN ConstructionSkills apprentices were recognised as some of the North-East’s best young construction workers at the regional heat of the national Skillbuild competition.

FIFTEEN ConstructionSkills apprentices were recognised as some of the North-East’s best young construction workers at the regional heat of the national Skillbuild competition.

Skillbuild is a national competition to promote excellence among young people entering the construction industry.

The competition involves apprentices from colleges and training providers undertaking a series of challenges in their trade, designed to test practical skills and knowledge.

The ConstructionSkills apprentices who represented their employers in the competition performed well in the regional heat and were awarded first, second and third places in both the junior and senior sections for painting and decorating.

They also came away with first and second place in the junior section for bricklaying. trowel occupations.

The winning apprentice from each trade will now go on to participate in the national Skillbuild final at South Birmingham College between October 10 and 12.

Apprenticeships manager for ConstructionSkills North East Sarah Fenton said: “We are extremely proud of our apprentices who have performed so well at this year’s regional Skillbuild competition.

“It is a credit to both the hard work of the students and the quality of the training they have received.

“The ConstructionSkills Network report 2007 revealed that 3,300 new recruits are needed each year in the North-East, so it is important that these young achievers act as role models for young people considering construction as a future career option.”

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