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Southern Regional College came out as the big winners with 11 medals at Skillbuild NI National Finals with many going to Newry students. Over 70 local construction apprentices gathered their tools to compete against each other in the annual competition. 

The Skillbuild NI competition is designed to test skills, technique and ability within tight timeframes in order to win coveted titles in 10 different trades ranging from brickwork to wall and floor tiling.

Jordan Hughes from Bessbrook received a gold medal in Painting and Decorating  at Skillbuild NI
Jordan Hughes from Bessbrook received a gold medal in Painting and Decorating at Skillbuild NI

A total of 14 awards were presented to SRC including five gold, three silver and three bronze for individual students. SRC also received the Skillbuild NI Department of Economy Cup (for the highest number of medals won in the competition), the Skillbuild NI Chairpersons Cup (for the largest number of entries) and the Hugh Gettinby Memorial Award for Excellence in Training (awarded to an individual involved in training of young people and who has displayed the highest standards of success and dedication to the Skillbuild ethos).

Skillbuild NI is organised by CITB NI and supported by the Department for the Economy and helps to assist with maintaining and raising the status and standards of professional and technical education and training.

Cathal Murphy from Newry received a gold medal in Wall and Floor Tiling at Skillbuild NI
Cathal Murphy from Newry received a gold medal in Wall and Floor Tiling at Skillbuild NI

The competition is held annually each spring with many winners progressing further to represent Northern Ireland in the Skills Show UK and potentially at WorldSkills and is also supported by local construction employers who sponsor each trade category.

Michael Hughes from Lislea received a silver medal in Cabinet Making at Skillbuild
Michael Hughes from Lislea received a silver medal in Cabinet Making at Skillbuild

Cathal Murphy and Sean McLaughlin both from Newry received gold and silver medals respectively in Wall and Floor Tiling. Jordan Hughes from Bessbrook received a gold medal in Painting and Decorating and Michael Hughes from Lislea received a silver medal in Cabinet Making.

Maurice Johnston, Chairman CITB NI said: “Skills competitions are a very positive news story for Northern Ireland. They are a great way to showcase our vocational skills and demonstrate to employers and future investors the high standard of training provision which exists in our colleges and training organisations.

"CITB NI is proud to have been involved in construction skills competitions for over 40 years and we have a record of success at skills competitions not only on a local level but also on a regional, national and world level. The Skillbuild NI competition allows our young apprentices to demonstrate that they have the high level of skills which our economy needs to stay competitive and gives all the competitors a chance to showcase their skills.

Mr Johnston added " Congratulations to 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 the training network and we extend our thanks to all who have helped the apprentices to be able to compete at this competition.  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.”

Sean McLaughlin, Newry received a silver medals in Wall and Floor Tiling at Skillbuild NI.
Sean McLaughlin, Newry received a silver medals in Wall and Floor Tiling at Skillbuild NI.

SRC Skillbuild Winners 2018

Brickwork 2nd Christopher Doyle  – Newtownhamilton (Greenbank Campus)

Cabinet Making 2nd Michael Hughes – Lislea (Greenbank Campus)

Cabinet Making 3rd Tommy Helliwell – Markethill (Armagh Campus)

Carpentry 3rd Jamie Hughes – Rathfriland (Greenbank Campus)

Electrical Installation 1st Benjamin Martin – Killylea (Portadown Campus)

Painting and Decorating 1st Jordan Hughes – Bessbrook (Greenbank Campus)

Plastering 1st Adam Houston – Kilkeel (Greenbank Campus)

Plumbing Pipework 1st Shane Murray – Derrynoose (Armagh Campus)

Wall and Floor Tiling 1st Cathal Murphy – Newry (Greenbank Campus)

Wall and Floor Tiling 2nd Sean McLaughlin – Newry (Greenbank Campus)

Wall and Floor Tiling 3rd Odhran Connolly – Gilford (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 2018 competition Paul Doran, Tiling 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)

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