Construction trainees at Bolton College were recognised at the national final of SkillBuild – the UK’s largest multi-trade competition.
Neil Campbell, 23, and Jack Wimbush, 21, competed in the roof slating and tiling category, up against the best trainees in the country.
Silver was awarded to Neil, who works for Crescent Roofing in Alkrington. Jack, who is employed by Jackson-Jackson in Rochdale, took home the Bronze.
Award-winning trainee, Neil Campbell, said: “The competition was extremely tough, so we’re both really pleased to have been recognised. We definitely feel proud to be winning awards for Bolton College.”
The three day competition was staged by CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry.
Over 100 talented individuals battled to be crowned the best in their field, in a range of skills including Bricklaying, Joinery, Painting and Decorating and Carpentry.
Mick Hamill, Regional Delivery Manager for CITB-ConstructionSkills in the North, said: “We were so pleased to be able to bring together and motivate the country’s most promising construction trainees in this nationwide competition.
“SkillBuild encourages excellence, helps to raise standards in training and is an exciting way to showcase the outstanding talent coming into the construction industry.”
Marie Gilluley, Principal of Bolton College, said: “We’re extremely pleased that Neil and Jack’s hard work has been recognised. The awards are testament to the quality of the trainees that attend Bolton College. It also affirms the high standard of the teaching staff and the benefits of the outstanding facilities available.”
SkillBuild is run by CITB-ConstructionSkills as part of its commitment to training and excellence and ongoing efforts to bring new blood into the construction industry.
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