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College Trainees Enjoy Success with SKILL BUILD Competition

Suffolk College brickwork trainees secured an outstanding win in a recent SKILL BUILD competition, held in Great Yarmouth.

The event, which took place at Great Yarmouth College and was entered by fifteen different institutions from the Eastern Region, is a National Skills Competition for young people training within the construction industry.

Joe Jones and Anthony Langham, both of whom competed in last year’s event, presented a repeat performance of their double success with Anthony winning the junior event and Joe the senior. All participants had to complete a complex brickwork model in six hours. Those who entered were talented trainees, so the competition was fierce, and the standards of the work high.

Cool and Mature Attitude Wins Praise

Darren Calver, course leader for brickwork, said: “I was impressed with the cool and mature attitude that both students demonstrated during the day. They were under considerable pressure and should be commended for an outstanding performance.”

Joe will now go forward to represent Suffolk College in the National Finals held at North Glasgow College later this year. If successful, then he could go forward to represent the United Kingdom in the World Skills Competition that will be held in Japan.

Matt Cottrell of Cottrell Brickwork and Ceramics Ltd, Joe’s employers is, said: “He is a brilliant bricklayer and we are proud of his accomplishments. He is very keen, eager to learn and a credit to the company.”

All of us here at FE News would like to congratulate the winners, and wish them luck for their future endeavours.

Dharmistha Patel

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