The Southern Regional College have held their Inter-Campus Skillbuild Competition at the Greenbank Campus in Newry. There were 30 separate competitions held showcasing the skills of SRC students.

Thomas Fegan, Newry, Brickwork winner with Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
Thomas Fegan, Newry, the Brickwork winner with Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

The competition was the first stage of the renowned Skillbuild Competition, and drew together students from all campuses of SRC. The Skillbuild competition is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for young students and apprentices. It covers crafts including carpentry, joinery, beauty, bricklaying, hairdressing and plastering. Thirty skills competitions took place on the day with industry experts judging the work and skills of the students. 

Raymond Sloan SRC Director of Client Services, David Cooper CITB, Gillian Fitzpatrick Chairwoman Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Justin McNulty Newry and Armagh MLA, Brian Doran SRC Chief Executive, Lindsay Bronte SRC Head of School Engineering and Construction along with the overall winners at the recent SkillBuild Competition
Raymond Sloan SRC Director of Client Services, David Cooper CITB, Gillian Fitzpatrick Chairwoman Newry, Mourne and Down Council, Justin McNulty Newry and Armagh MLA, Brian Doran SRC Chief Executive, Lindsay Bronte SRC Head of School Engineering and Construction along with the overall winners at the recent SkillBuild Competition

Thomas Fegan from Newry was the winner in the Brickwork competition and Jordan Hughes from Bessbrook was the winner of the Painting and Decorating competition. 

Newtownhamilton HS SPP winners with Principal, Neil Megaw
Newtownhamilton HS School Partnerships Programme winners with Principal, Neil Megaw

There was also an event for students from our local high schools. Over 100 students from over 20 schools took part in 16 events in crafts such as carpentry, joinery, bricklaying, hairdressing and catering . The competitors came from schools across the Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry Area Learning Communities. The students attend the College as part of the School Partnership’s Programme where pupils from local schools attend SRC to study a range of vocational and academic programmes. 

Tiling winner Jordan Hughes with Justin McNulty, Newry and Armagh MLA
Tiling winner Jordan Hughes with MLA Justin McNulty.

In the Schools’ competition Newtownhamilton High School pupils won two events;  Aaron Whyte  Adair  took a gold medal in Electrical and Calvin Park won the Plumbing Pipework category. 

To find out more about Southern Regional College courses you can visit one of their Open Days taking place in early March.