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25th June 2018

The Construction department at York College was delighted to host the regional heat of SkillBuild, the country’s largest multi-trade competition, in the College's Construction & Skills Centre.  York College students excelled in the competition, winning four Gold, one Silver and two Bronze medals . 

Brickwork compWEB

SkillBuild, run by CITB with the endorsement of WorldSkills, showcases the very best in construction talent.  York College hosted 18 Colleges from the Yorkshire & Humberside region, with a total of 83 competitors across 18 competition heats in carpentry & joinery, furniture & cabinet making, plumbing, electrical, painting & decorating, bricklaying and plastering. 

Congratulations to all the participants who each produced outstanding work, and especially to the York College students who competed in their construction trades, with 7 out of 12 of them winning medals:


Sam Batters (New Entrant) - Silver medallist       

Sam Batters - carpentryWEB                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Andy Hewbeck (Senior) 

Andy Hewbeck - carpentry seniorWEB



James Martin-Smith - Gold medallist

James Smith - Furniture Cabinet MakingWEB


Andy Metcalfe - Gold medallist

Andy Metcalfe - plumbingWEB


Michael White - Gold medallist , breaking the current record of quickest time, completing his work in 3 hours, 20 minutes 


Morgan Garnett (New Entrant) - Bronze medallist

Morgan Garnett - Pand DWEB


Josh Loveley (Senior)

James Loveley - P and d seniorWEB

James Austwick (Senior)

James Austwick P and D WEB


Patrick McBride (New Entrant)

Patrick McBride - new entrantWEB


Nathan Jamieson (Senior) - Bronze medallist

Nathan JamiesonWEB


Alex Young (Senior)

Alex Young - SeniorWEB


Jarred Cottle (New Entrant) - Gold Medallist

Jarred Cottle1 - new entrant plasteringWEB

Rob Holmes, Head of Construction at York College was immensely proud of all the competitors, saying: "Working under intense pressure, all the competitors should be tremendously proud of the standard of work they produced during the day- long event. Skills competitions play an important part in enriching a student’s experience, extending their own capabilities and improving their employability skills for the future, especially in key areas such as confidence and resilience building. Each competitor was a credit to their discipline and in the future they will provide the Construction industry with vital skills to grow our regional and national economy.”

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