Cream of Construction apprentices put their skills to the test at Skillbuild 2014
Just under one hundred competitors from across Northern Ireland tested their skills in 11 different construction trades at Skillbuild 2014, held at the Southern Regional College in Newry on 7 & 8 May 2014.
Skillbuild NI, run by CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, is held annually each spring with the top local construction apprentices competing to win coveted titles ranging from brickwork to wall and floor tiling. The winners may then go on to represent Northern Ireland in the Skills Show UK and potentially at WorldSkills.
Commending the competitors on their hard work and dedication shown in their area of expertise, Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning said: "Skillbuild, as with all skills competitions, is about raising the status and standards of professional and technical education and training, and the benefits from having more skilful, highly motivated staff. We have a proud record of success at skills competitions not only on a local level but also on a regional, national and world level. We look forward to building upon past successes, and getting a good Northern Ireland representation on the UK Team for the next WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015."
This competition not only encourages trainees to improve their own skills, but provides an example of the high quality work being produced in training organisations and colleges across NI. The Skillbuild test pieces are designed to challenge the ability of apprentices, testing skills within tight timeframes and the competitors are being continuously assessed throughout the two day competition.
Gary Doyle from Southern Regional College was awarded Overall Young Apprentice of the Year at Skillbuild NI 2014. Gary was also awarded with Gold Medal in Plumbing and is pictured with TV presenter Claire McCollum.
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