Apprentice Ian is named best in Scotland

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CARNOUSTIE construction apprentice Ian Rose has been crowned best in his field, after achieving first place in the Bricklaying new entrant category at the Scottish heat of Britain’s biggest construction skills competition – SkillBuild 2011.

Ian, along with over 120 other budding apprentices, was put through his paces in their chosen trade at the Scottish heat at South Lanarkshire College, East Kilbride.

The entrants were marked on essential skills such as following detailed instructions, producing accurate work outputs, being economical with materials and working to strict timescales.

The Scottish heat is one of 15 regional heats taking place between March and May. The highest scoring apprentices go forward to the UK final in September, which will take place at Leeds College of Building – where they will be in with a chance of winning the coveted title of Britain’s most talented construction apprentice.

Ian is employed by JTB Construction in Forfar and attends Angus College. He said: “SkillBuild helps to prove that I am the best in my trade so I am pleased that I have been successful at the Scottish heat. The competition tested the skills I use on a daily basis so it was really rewarding to have these recognised.

“If I’m lucky enough to secure a place at the national final, my skills will be put to the test even more as there will no doubt be some really strong competitors taking part from across the UK.”

Outstanding competitors from this year’s competition could be selected to represent the UK at the next WorldSkills competition, which is due to take place in Leipzig, Germany in 2013.