Following highly successful events in 2015 and 2016, Acton Construction & STEM Centre has again been chosen to host a round of heats for the 2017 national SkillBuild competition on Thursday 18 May.
Skillbuild is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and has been running for more than 45 years. The competition sees the very best in construction talent compete against each other in their chosen craft occupation, covering areas including Bricklaying, Carpentry, plastering and tiling. The winners of the regional heats move on to the three day national final held as part of the Skills Show at the NEC Birmingham.
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London's College have a successful history on the national stage at SkillBuild. Current apprentice Tom O'Byrne finished fourth in 2015 and second in 2016 in the national event, while nine other college students won medals in the regional heats in 2016.
Bricklayers at work during SkillBuild 2016
SkillBuild is a great way for students across a range of trades to show off their skills, and is closely watched by industry professionals. West London's College is working in partnership with Berkeley Homes and the Southall Waterside Development, and last year Jags Sanghera from Berkeley was one of a number of employers who witnessed our 2016 SkillBuild heat.
"We hope to do big things in Southall and we hope to take on lots of Acton Construction and STEM Centre Students" Sanghera said. "We are addressing a local need by providing jobs for young people in the west London area. There are so many opportunities and progression routes in construction."
Registrations for SkillBuild open on Wednesday 1 March. Find out more on the CTIB website.