SkillBuild 2018 – Were You Part of It?

Did you compete in the SkillBuild 2018 regionals recently? Or know someone who did? Well if you go to Leeds College of Building, there is a good chance it was someone on your course!

Leeds College of Building is celebrating after 11 of its students won medals in the regional competitions of SkillBuild 2018.  Delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices.

The 16 regional qualifier SkillBuild competitions took place from March to July and attracted trainees and apprentices from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to compete in specialist construction-industry skills.

Leeds College of Building attained a total of four gold, six silvers, and one bronze medal, seeing off competition from hundreds of other construction students from colleges across the UK:

Carpentry: James Hattersley (Silver, Senior category)

Bricklaying: Luke Kerrigan (Silver, New Entrant category), Tim Smith (Silver, Senior category)

Plastering: Luke Palmer (Gold, Senior category), Ryan Lill (Silver, New Entrant category)

Dry Lining: Jake Emery (Gold), Carla Dibb (Silver)

Wall & Floor Tiling: Callum Pearson (Gold, Senior category)

Roofing: Joe Turner (Gold), Jay Webster (Silver), Kieran Langhan (Bronze)

Medal winners are now waiting to find out if they have scored enough points to be selected for the three-day UK SkillBuild National Final – the competition to find the best in UK industry – to be held at the NEC Birmingham from 16-18 November. Winners may then have the opportunity to represent the UK in the international skills competitions – EuroSkills and WorldSkills.

Mark Sims, Leeds College of Building’s competition coordinator and lecturer said:
“We are so pleased with this year’s results. All of our students worked so hard and 
represented the college impeccably. They really did us proud! These results would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the dedication of each competitor and the staff who trained our students to these high standards.

“A special mention goes to the roof slating and tiling students who did particularly well, winning all of the top three places in their category, and the wall and floor tiling students also took the top two places in their category.”

Student Joe Nicholson also won a silver medal for the equivalent SkillPLUMB competition, the annual skills competition designed to promote standards and skills across the plumbing industry run by BPEC.


Leeds College of Building

Leeds College of Building was established in 1960 and is the only specialist further education construction college in the UK. The College currently has around 6,500 students and offers a comprehensive range of more than 200 courses related to construction and the built environment, including apprenticeships, further and higher education, and business training. The Principal, Ian Billyard, recently announced his intention to retire at the end of December 2018 after nearly 22 years at Leeds College of Building. The College hosted the SkillBuild regional Roof Slating and Tiling regional qualifier on Thursday 7 June at the Hunslet Campus.

If you wish to know more about the training on offer at Leeds College of Building, you can follow the link to their website here.



SkillBuild is the biggest and longest-running construction-skills competition, where the very best in industry compete against each other to be crowned a winner in their chosen trade.  As each level of competition progresses, competitors are tested not only on their technical abilities, but on their time management, character and commitment; the competitions can help build confidence, self-esteem and life skills. Starting regionally but with the potential to compete on the European and global stages of EuroSkills and WorldSkills, the SkillBuild competitions deliver craft occupations including Bricklaying, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, Plastering and Drywall Systems, Roof Slating and Tiling, Stonemasonry and Wall and Floor Tiling.

For more information about Apprenticeships and training opportunities with the CITB click here.

One thought on “SkillBuild 2018 – Were You Part of It?

  • John Rollins
    30th July 2018 at 9:40 pm

    SkillBuild is a really good competition and Leeds College of Building do a great job with their students – good luck to everyone involved in the finals.

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