Around one hundred competitors from across Northern Ireland tested their skills in 11 different construction trades at Skillbuild 2014, held at the Southern Regional College in Newry recently.
These included a number from the Limavady and Strand Road Campuses of North West Regional College (NWRC).
Skillbuild NI, run by CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, is held annually each spring with the top local construction apprentices competing to win coveted titles ranging from brickwork to wall and floor tiling.
The winners may then go on to represent Northern Ireland in the Skills Show UK and potentially at WorldSkills.
Commending the competitors on their hard work and dedication shown in their area of expertise, Dr Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning said: “Skillbuild, as with all skills competitions, is about raising the status and standards of professional and technical education and training, and the benefits from having more skilful, highly motivated staff. We have a proud record of success at skills competitions not only on a local level but also on a regional, national and world level. We look forward to building upon past successes, and getting a good Northern Ireland representation on the UK Team for the next WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015.”
The students from NWRC competed in the following competition areas – Electrical Installation, Joinery, Wall & Floor Tiling, and enjoyed success in the Carpentry section when NWRC Greystone student Eugene Conway collected the bronze medal.
During the competition, David McCay, Lecturer at the NWRC Greystone Campus, was awarded The Hugh Gettinby Memorial Award, for his Excellence in Construction Training. This is awarded each year to an individual involved in the training of young people and who has displayed the highest standards of success and dedication to the Skillbuild NI ethos.