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Skills Minister to attend SkillBuild final

Between 11 and 13 October, Barnfield College in Luton are hosting ‘SKILLBUILD’ the national competition for the very best construction trainees in the UK. Thirteen different trades are represented in the competition with 122 competitors. This year, Skills Minister, Phil Hope, will be attending to watch the competition and support the contestants.

Each competitor won their respective regional heat to gain the right to represent their college in “SkillBuild”. Awards will be given to the top three competitors in each trade. Winners in selected trades will have the opportunity to compete for selection for the 2007 World Skills Competition in Japan.

Barnfield Carpentry lecturer Phil Curran stated that “Over a total of 19 hours, competitors will be judged on a combination of planning skills, accuracy, quality, hand skills and their overall job knowledge.

Over 500 school children from the regional area will be attending the event so they can see what construction is and have a go at some of the trades

Barrie Roe MBE, Technical Director stated: “SkillBuild demonstrates the high levels of skills training undertaken by college’s of further education and independent training companies”

The UK will be hosting the WorldSkills Finals in 2011 and the success of Skillbuild is paramount to building the profile of skills competitions ahead of the world event.

Paul Sykes, Recruitment Manager for CITB-ConstructionSkills, one of the major sponsors of SkillBuild said: “The construction industry offers a varied and interesting career for young people. SkillBuild demonstrates the expertise that is involved and is an excellent opportunity for young people to compete against each other and prove themselves.”

Phil Hope will be attending the event on Thursday afternoon to see the competition in progress. Mr. Hope said “bringing WorldSkills to the UK provides us with an opportunity to permanently change national attitudes towards vocational skills and to combat the skills shortages facing many industries”

There will be a presentation dinner for the competitors and college’s from 18.00 at Whipsnade Conference Centre on the 13th October.

Visit the official website for further information.

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