City College Plymouth has been selected to host the south-west heat of SkillBuild 2014 – the UK’s largest multi-trade competition for construction trainees and apprentices.
SkillBuild, which is managed by CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board, as part of its ongoing work to bring new blood into the construction industry, is an annual event that sees budding construction trainees pitted against each other in their specialist skill.
The host colleges are selected on criteria including facilities, expertise in the construction field and showing real enthusiasm for the competition.
The south-west heat is one of 14 regional heats taking place across the UK. There will be 106 competitors on the day, with City College Plymouth entering 20 students, who will be competing in bricklaying, carpentry, joinery, cabinet making, plastering, and painting and decorating.
The regional heats involve students working on test plans which take a day to complete, with the highest scorers put forward to compete in the national final.
Success at the SkillBuild regional heats will also give competitors the opportunity to challenge for a place on the WorldSkills UK team and progress to compete at the 2015 WorldSkills competition in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Julie McLean, director of technology, marine and renewables at City College Plymouth, said: “We’re delighted to have been chosen for the second year running to host this year’s south-west heat and to be able to show off our state-of-the-art construction facilities.
“The college is a great supporter of skills competitions and encourages students to pit their skills against each other, and against students from other colleges in both regional and national competitions.”