Local apprentices through to UK final

TWO LOCAL roofing apprentices are preparing for one of the biggest battles of their careers after making it through to the UK final of Britain’s biggest construction skills competition, SkillBuild 2011.

Kane Scott (19), Elmfield Avenue, and Scott Lyons (20), Glenogil Drive, both Arbroath, attend National Construction College Scotland and are apprentices with North East Contracts, based at Matthew Kerr Place, Kirkton Industrial Estate, Arbroath.

They secured their places at the UK final which will take place at Leeds College of Building from September 14 to 16, following a champion performance at the Scottish heat. They will both take part in the roof, sheeting and cladding category.

The competition is managed by ConstructionSkills, the sector skills council and industry training board for the construction industry, and is endorsed by WorldSkills UK. SkillBuild showcases the best talent the industry has to offer and helps to bring new blood into the industry.

The two lucky finalists will be joined by more than 100 apprentices from across the country, all of whom have managed to come out top of their fields in their respective regional heats which took place in April and May. Scotland was the most successful area across the UK in terms of regional competitors getting through to the final.

For employers, SkillBuild offers the opportunity to showcase their most talented apprentices, as well as highlighting their commitment to training and excellence which helps to provide a competitive edge in the current climate.

Graeme Ogilvy, director for ConstructionSkills in Scotland, said: “At a time when the news pages are full of stories about the need for construction companies to take on apprentices, SkillBuild is a great opportunity for colleges and companies to show off their talent and enhance their reputation by demonstrating that their construction training is top quality.

“This year’s final promises to be better than ever before, all apprentices who have taken part in the competition have been outstanding and it showcases the professionalism and quality of the UK construction industry which will help in our efforts to attract new recruits into the industry.”

Categories at this year’s SkillBuild final include bricklaying, cabinet making, carpentry, drywall systems, joinery, painting and decorating, plastering, stonemasonry, roofing, and wall and floor tiling.