College to host Skill Build contest 2012

ANGUS College are to host the Scottish heat of the UK construction industry’s biggest competition on April 9.

SkillBuild, a competition managed by ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, is the largest multi-trade competition in the country for construction apprentices.

Angus College will play host to the Scottish heat that will see the country’s top apprentices battle it out in a wide range of construction trades.

Apprentices will be put through their paces in their chosen trade at one of 15 regional heats taking place between April and June.

The highest scoring students will then win a place at the UK final in September, which will take place at Preston College.  

Commenting on the announcement, Graeme Ogilvy, director for ConstructionSkills in Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to announce this year’s Scottish heat will be hosted by Angus College.

“It’s a massive undertaking but we are confident that the heat will be run with the efficiency and professionalism that has made the SkillBuild heats such a success in recent years.  

“The competition is all about celebrating the brilliance and talent of construction apprentices who are the lifeblood and future of our industry.

“It’s easy and free to enter so we are calling on employers and colleges to encourage their most talented apprentices to come forward and enter the Scottish heat.”

The competition will cover a wide range of construction trades including bricklaying, plastering, carpentry, joinery, cabinet making, wall and floor tiling, painting and decorating.

Colin Johnson, curriculum manager at Angus College, said: “We are delighted to be invited to host this year’s Scottish heat of SkillBuild.

“It is a fantastic opportunity not only to showcase the talents of Scotland’s apprentices but also the training and support they receive from their respective employers and colleges.

“We look forward to a great event taking place in April and we wish all participants the very best of luck.”