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Posted: 13/04/16

Skills challenge comes to West Notts again

Construction trainees are gearing up for a regional skills contest at West Nottinghamshire College this month.

Last year's winners from West Nottinghamshire College

On Tuesday 26 April, over 70 competitors from 17 colleges in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire will be bringing their talents to West Nottinghamshire College’s Construction Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

SkillBuild is a trade competition aimed at finding the country’s best trainees. Success at the regional heats will give entrants the opportunity to challenge for a place on the WorldSkills UK team.

Competitors will be set a range of timed competitions in bricklaying, cabinet making, carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating as well as plastering and wall and floor tiling.

The college – which is hosting the event for the sixth successive year – is entering the following 13 students into the heats:

  • Corey Knowles, senior, plastering
  • Jordan Harrison, new entrant, joinery
  • Tyler Monk, new entrant, carpentry
  • Niall Garrity, new entrant, plastering
  • Jordan Dallison, new entrant, joinery
  • Lauren Wells, new entrant, painting and decorating
  • Joshua Tideswell, new entrant, bricklaying
  • Adam Parr, senior, carpentry
  • Lois Collingwood, senior, painting and decorating
  • Josef Kellett, senior, joinery
  • Zak Beilby, senior, joinery
  • Liam Jones, senior, bricklaying
  • Stefan Hubble, senior, painting and decorating.

Members of the public are welcome to attend Tuesday’s event, which runs from 9am-5pm at the venue on Julias Way in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.  People who wish to attend can just turn up at the campus.

Head of construction and building services, Julian Walden, said: “This is always an exciting time of year for students competing in the challenge and there’s already a sense of excitement as competitors are honing their skills ready.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the other colleges to join us in the challenges and I’m certain it will be another great day, revealing some incredible talents from everyone taking part.”