Hartlepool college students scoop awards at SkillBuild 2014

Hartlepool College of Further Education student Alex Page taking part in the construction competition.
Hartlepool College of Further Education student Alex Page taking part in the construction competition.
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A TRIO of Hartlepool students have scooped awards at a regional construction competition.

Hartlepool College of Further Education hosted the first round of the national construction competition SkillBuild 2014.

Spohie Willingham

Spohie Willingham

More than 50 young construction trainees battled it out in their chosen trade with skills such as bricklaying, wall and floor tiling and painting and decorating all being put to the test.

And Hartlepool’s own contingency proved themselves to be top competitors.

Alexander Page, 20, from Hartlepool, was a new entrant to the competition but still managed to get a third spot in carpentry.

Kyran Kerry, 19, who is a student from the college, took second spot in the painting and decorating category senior section.

Hartlepool College of Further Education student Alex Page taking part in the construction competition.

Hartlepool College of Further Education student Alex Page taking part in the construction competition.

And Sophie Willingham, 20, from Hartlepool, also took a runner-up spot in the painting and decorating section.

Hartlepool’s regional heat was the latest of 14 taking place across the UK, with the top 10 competitors from across the 14 heats going through to the national final at the Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC in November.

SkillBuild has taken place for around 40 years, travelling around the country looking for the best in regional talent.

The competition is organised and supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry.

Steve Housden, CITB Sector strategy manager for the North-East said: “SkillBuild is all about the way that people setting out on their construction career work.

“Most of the competitors are still learning so it’s not just about the finished article, it’s about the whole process that they go through. The event at Hartlepool was a great success with a high level of entries. Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to all of the winners.”