Local trainee triumphs in construction competition

Cameron Stuart, 17, a Cabinet Making trainee from Warwickshire, was celebrating last week after triumphing in the regional heat of SkillBuild – the UK’s largest multi-trade competition.


Commenting on his win, Cameron, a Cabinet Making apprentice who attends Warwickshire College said: “I’m really pleased to have done well at SkillBuild and showcase my skills to experts in the industry. I’ve already learnt so much since starting my course and I hope I can compete in many more competitions in the future.”


The regional heat, which took place at Vision West Nottinghamshire College on 23 April, is one of 15 regional heats taking place around the UK. The highest scoring competitors will be given the opportunity to compete at the three day SkillBuild UK final, which will take place later this year.


Skill Build competition winner


SkillBuild is an annual event which is managed by CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, and supported by local employers as well as national sponsors.

Mick O’Flynn, Regional Delivery Manager for CITB in the East Midlands, commented: “SkillBuild is one of the many ways that CITB adds value to the industry, working on its behalf to encourage new talent to join the sector. Recently rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, we’re delivering gold standard apprenticeships that meet the needs of a hi-tech, world class industry with outstanding career prospects, and the quality of the work done by competitors at SkillBuild is testament to this.


The level of skill, determination and professionalism shown by the competitors has been outstanding, and everyone who took part should feel very proud of themselves. I wish all of the participants every success for the future, and look forward to seeing many of them competing in the national final.”


Jamie Ward, Curriculum Leader for Cabinet Making at Warwickshire College, said: “We are incredibly proud of Cameron’s success at the SkillBuild competition – he’s a very talented young furniture maker and has a bright future ahead of him.”

At SkillBuild trainees compete in a variety of trades including Bricklaying, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Dry Walling Systems, Joinery, Painting and Decorating and Plastering.