Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Trio Triumphs at Regional Construction Competition

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Trio Triumphs at Regional Construction Competition

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HIGH?QUALITY construction skills learned at Middlesbrough College have helped a trio triumph at a regional competition.

The three won the regional heat of SkillBuild - the UK's largest multi-trade competition.

The talented three were Admire Dube, 19, Jordan Ford, 19, and Michelle Annal, 29.

Admire, a carpenter, and Michelle, a plasterer, have now secured full-time jobs after their attitude and aptitude for their respective trades impressed a local employer.

Meanwhile Jordan is continuing to fine-tune his carpentry skills at the college.

Mike Hopkins, Middlesbrough College principal and chief executive, said: "They have done themselves and the college proud.

"It's all about jobs and this clearly shows that we are providing high quality skills students and apprentices need to get ahead in the jobs race.

"This triumph is validation of the excellent training we deliver at Middlesbrough College and the huge amount of talent that exists here."

Michelle said: "I'm really pleased to have done well at SkillBuild - it's a compliment just to have been nominated to compete, so to go on to win makes me feel great.

"It shows that I'm one of the best young tradespeople in the area, which I think is definitely something I can be proud of."

SkillBuild is an annual event which is managed by CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, and supported by local employers as well as national sponsors.

The regional heat, which took place at New College, Durham is one of 15 regional heats taking place around the UK.

The highest scoring competitors will be given the opportunity to compete at the threeday SkillBuild UK final, which will take place later this year.

Mick Hamill, regional delivery manager for CITB in the North, commented: "SkillBuild is one of the many ways that CITB adds value to the industry, working on its behalf to encourage new talent to join the sector. …

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