14th May 2019
Once again, the York College Construction & Skills Centre was the venue for the regional SkillBuild competition. More than one hundred construction trainees and apprentices from regional Colleges and training providers competed against each other to demonstrate their technical abilities, time management, enthusiasm and commitment in a range of trades.
Between April and July a series of regional SkillBuild competitions are held throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. SkillBuild is the largest and longest-running multi-trade skills competition in the UK and is a fantastic platform upon which successful construction careers are built. Competitors aspire to reach the SkillBuild UK National Final, where the highest scoring competitors go head-to-head at the NEC, Birmingham, in September/October.
The Construction Division at York College proudly had ten apprentices competing in the regional qualifier, as follows:
Painting and Decorating
Joshua Loveley (age 25), Level 2 CITB Apprentice - employed by Crosby Decorating
Aimee Havercroft (age 20), Level 2 York College Apprentice – employed by Michael Havercroft (formerly of Archbishop Holgate’s School)
Rhys Friend (age 21), Level 2 CITB Apprentice – employed by M & M Property Care Ltd
Samuel Mayhew (age 19), Level 2 York College Apprentice – employed by Fletchfield Services Ltd
Joseph Atkinson (age 19), Level 2 CITB Apprentice – employed by Atkinson Builders Ltd (formerly of Lady Lumley’s School)
Nathan Jamieson (age 22), Level 3 CITB Advanced Apprentice – employed by Barratt Developments (Yorkshire East) and formerly of Burnholme Community College
Ben Horner (age 24), Level 2 York College Apprentice, employed by Sam Smiths Old Brewery
Lewis Livingstone (age 20), Level 3 York College Advanced Apprentice – employed by Samuel Smiths Old Brewery
Walter Holmes (age 19), Level 3 York College Apprentice - employed by Rohan Woodworking Ltd
Andrew Metcalfe (age 23), York College Level 3 Advanced Apprentice - employed by John Metcalfe Plumbing and Heating (formerly of Fulford School)
Rob Holmes, Head of Construction at York College said: “We are delighted to host the regional Skillbuild heat at York College again, and we are particularly pleased to have had so many of our own apprentices participating. This prestigious construction competition continues to drive standards in our industry and promotes best practice. I congratulation all the competitors who have taken part, they have demonstrated a high standard of work as well as dedication and commitment to their chosen trade.”