The lastest rounds of regional Skill Build heats have taken place at Hartlepool and Hull Colleges, and York College students returned triumphant. Three Painting and Decorating students took part in the regional heat, held in Hartlepool, where two students won first places.
Katie Cammidge, previously of York High School and studying Level One Diploma in Decorative Occupations, came first in the Painting and Decorating New Entrant competition and Mike Leaf, a Level 3 Painting and Decorating final year apprentice, came second in the senior competition. Mike's scores were so high he is hoping to get through to the national final, due to be held at the NEC in Birmingham.
Ed Kay, previously of York High School ,supported his fellow students as well as taking part in the competition in preparation to compete again next year.
Painting and Decorating tutor Ashley Stokes said: "Our students worked really hard preparing and competing in the competition. There is a lot of pressure on them to create their pieces on the day whilst being judged and they did really well and fully deserve the success. We will hear if Mike can go through to the national final soon and we look forward to entering Ed and possibly Katie next year. The standard of work is very high and the commitment, determination and dedication of our students shone through really well."
Skill Build, sponsored by Crown is the largest multi-trade competition in the country and is run by CITB with the endorsement of WorldSkills, competition managers for the bi-annual WorldSkills competitions. SkillBuild has been running for over 45 years and sees the very best in construction talent compete against each other to be crowned the SkillBuild winner in their chosen trade.
Just a few days later at the regional heat at Hull College, again York College students excelled. First places were awarded to William Ellis for Junior Bench Joinery, Hazel Kerrison for Senior Bench Joinery, Jon Butler Meadows for Junior Site Joinery, Charles Young for Junior Bricklaying and Thomas Macdonald for Junior Bricklaying. Tom Lightwing came second in the Senior Site Carpentry category.