SRC have cleaned up with medals and trophies at the 2017 Skillbuild NI National FInals, which took place in SRC's Portadown campus. SRC won a fantastic 6 gold medals along with a host of other top trophies.
Over 80 local construction apprentices gathered their tools to compete against each other in the annual Skillbuild NI National Finals which was held in Southern Regional College, Portadown on 24th March.
SRC success was as follows: :
Brickwork 1st Thomas Fegan – Newry (Greenbank Campus)
Cabinet Making 1st Tommy Helliwell - Tandragee (Armagh Campus)
Cabinet Making 3rd-Michael Hughes – Newry (Greenbank Campus)
Joinery 1st Richard Shannon – Kilkeel (Greenbank Campus)
Painting and Decorating 1st Conor McClelland – Hilltown (Greenbank Campus)
Painting and Decorating 2nd Jordan Hughes – Bessbrook (Greenbank Campus)
Plumbing 1st Nathan Dodds – Castleblaney (Armagh Campus)
Plumbing 2nd Shane Murray – Keady (Armagh Campus)
Plumbing 3rd Jacob Reid – Dungannon (Portadown Campus)
Wall and Floor Tiling 1st Sean McLoughlin – Newry (Greenbank Campus)
Wall and Floor Tiling 2nd Daniel McBurney – Banbridge (Greenbank Campus)
Wall and Floor Tiling 3rd Cathal Murphy – Newry (Greenbank Campus)
• SRC won Skillbuild NI Chairpersons Cup for highest number of entries
• SRC won Skillbuild NI Department for the Economy Cup for highest number of medals won in 2017 competition
• SRC won David Cooper Trophy for Most Medals over last 40 years of Skillbuild NI competitions
• Richard Shannon won the Haldane Fisher Cup for Best Overall Skillbuild NI Young Apprentice
• Paddy Maguire, Painting lecturer, won the Hugh Gettinby Trophy for Excellence in Construction Training (awarded each year to an individual involved in training of young people who has displayed high standards of success and dedication towards Skillbuild NI ethos)
Skillbuild NI, which is now in its fortieth year, is supported by the Department for the Economy helping to assist with maintaining and raising the status and standards of professional and technical education and training. The competition is run and governed by CITB NI, is held annually each spring with many winners progressing further to represent Northern Ireland in the Skills Show UK and potentially at WorldSkills.
The Skillbuild NI competition is designed to test skills, technique and ability within tight timeframes in order to win coveted titles in 11 different trades ranging from brickwork to wall and floor tiling.
The competition has the support of local construction employers who sponsor each category.
Maurice Johnston, Chairman CITB NI said: “CITB NI is proud to have been involved in construction skills competitions for 40 years. Skillbuild NI is about raising the status and standards of professional and technical education and training. 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. Skillbuild NI gives all the competitors a chance to showcase their skills and we congratulate everyone who has taken part and those who have excelled in their trade. Skillbuild NI couldn’t happen without the support of the local sponsors and training network and we extend our thanks to all who have helped the apprentices to be able to compete at this competition. We would also like to extend our best wishes to the Northern Ireland competitors who will be taking part in UK team selection for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in October. Our young people are more ambitious now than ever and we hope that Skillbuild NI National Finals will be part of their journey and future careers within the construction industry.”
Brian Doran, Chief Executive, Southern Regional College said “We at Southern Regional College are privileged to have been selected to host this year’s prestigious Skillbuild NI National Finals. I congratulate the competitors, many of whom have travelled long distances to participate in this event. For competitors, today is an important stepping stone to future skills competition success throughout the UK and Worldskills competitions. I wish all the competitors every success in the future and have every confidence that those selected to go forward to UK and Worldskills competition will continue the proud tradition of success at a national and international level.