Apprentices shine at SkillBuild final

Ten construction apprentices were named the best in the United Kingdom at the SkillBuild 2016 final.

SkillBuild, a competition organised and supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), with the final being held from 17-19 November as part of the Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC.

Over 80 young construction apprentices battled it out in their chosen trade with skills such as bricklaying, wall and floor tiling and painting and decorating all being put to the test.

The ten winning apprentices now have a chance to compete at next year’s WorldSkills final in Abu Dhabi.

Carl Rhymer, CITB’s Customer Engagement Director, said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s SkillBuild winners. SkillBuild 2016 has showcased the immense talent coming into the construction sector, and all the competitors should be proud of their achievements.

“The standard that’s been shown over the final was hugely impressive. I’m certain these competitors will inspire more young people to consider a career in construction.”

SkillBuild, organised by CITB, and supported by Crown Paints, British Gypsum, STIHL, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC), the Tile Association (TTA) and the Stone Federation, has taken place for over 40 years.

It aims to find the most highly skilled young apprentices in their chosen trade.

To see the full list of finalists and winners, click here.