Top award for local apprentice Scott

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AN APPRENTICE from Arbroath has triumphed at Britain’s biggest construction skills competition – SkillBuild 2011, proving himself as one of Britain’s most talented construction apprentices.

Twenty-year-old Scott Lyons took home Gold in the roof sheeting and cladding category having battled it out with competitors at an intense three-day final which took place at Leeds College of Building last week.

SkillBuild is a national competition which showcases the industry’s talent. The competition saw more than 100 young people compete for the top spot in their respective trades at the final.

Scott, who works for North East Contracts and attends Construction College Scotland in Inchinnan, attended the award ceremony at the Leeds Armouries on Friday.

Commenting on his win, Scott said: “I can’t believe it, it’s brilliant. There were a lot of apprentices at the regional heats so it was great to get to the finals and now to win here.

“I’m really grateful to my employer and my tutors as well who have really supported me; I couldn’t have done it without them so I hope they’re proud.

“It’s a great competition, I’ve really enjoyed it. I can use what I’ve learned in the last few months of the competition back at work.”

“I just want to keep learning more about roofing to be the best that I can be and hopefully go far in the industry.” The competitors made it to the UK final after achieving the highest scores at 15 regional heats held across the UK between March and May.

l Scott is pictured being presented with his Gold award from Chris Avery, National Federation of Roofing Contractors and Judy Lowe, deputy chairman, ConstructionSkills.