Students show off their skills!

Angus College student Hayden Titmus taking part in the Scottish Heat of Skillbuild in the joinery section.
Angus College student Hayden Titmus taking part in the Scottish Heat of Skillbuild in the joinery section.

APPRENTICES from all over Scotland descended on Angus College in Arbroath on Thursday for the Scottish heat of SkillBuild 2013.

The annual event attracts trainees from all over the country and sees them pitted against each other in their specialist skill within the construction industry.

And the Arbroath-based college was lucky to be chosen as the Scottish heat venue as organisers say host colleges are selected on criteria including facilities, expertise in the construction field and showing real enthusiasm for the competition.

And that enthusiasm shone through as several Angus College students made it through to the national finals, which will be held later this year.

The competition is managed by CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board.

And Graeme Ogilvy, Scotland director of CITB-Construction Skills, said: “SkillBuild is a real highlight of the construction training landscape, giving talented young construction trainees a chance to shine and demonstrating the opportunities that learning a trade can offer, so deciding on colleges to host the competition is a big decision.

“We were excited to work with Angus College and knew that this year’s Scottish heat was going to be very special.”

Angus College winners on the day included first place prizes for Lee Knox, Colin Milne and Alex Storrier.

Lee was triumphant in the bricklaying new entrant category, as was Alex in painting and decorating new entrant.

Colin, who studies at the college but is employed by J.F Fitchet and Sons, in Arbroath also claimed the top prize in the joinery new entrant category.

There were two third places prizes, one for Blair Scott of R.S Joinery in joinery new entry and another for Hayden Titmuss, of Pert Bruce Construction in the carpentry senior category.

Our photographer was at the competition on Thursday and captured some of the participants hard at work.