The Big Build: young traders compete to be named best in country

by Georgie Baxter

2017 plastering catergory winner, Yagoub Juma

On Thursday 3rd May, the City of Liverpool College will be hosting the North West Regional Heat of CITS’s SkillBuild 2018 – the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices – at its Learning Exchange campus, where entrants will compete to qualify for the national finals.

Through a series of competitions, entrants aged 16 and over from across the region will compete against each other to be crowned a winner in one of 10 chosen trades, including bricklaying, carpentry, painting and decorating, joinery and stonemasonry.

In addition to the competition, the City of Liverpool College is hosting a trade show featuring local and national construction companies including Kier, Morgan Sindall, Crown and Rollins, providing information, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all attendees.

The trade show will provide an opportunity for the young talent to meet with prospective employers, facilitating potential job opportunities as well as giving businesses the chance to develop their talent pools.

Elaine Bowker, principal of the City of Liverpool College, said:

“We’re incredibly excited to be hosting this year’s regional hear of SkillBuild. There is some fantastic talent coming out of the North West in these trades which are facing ever-growing skills gaps. These skills are essential to our economy, so it’s important that we celebrate the talent and passion that exists in the region.

“At the City of Liverpool College, our students are given opportunities to work with major businesses and receive training from industry leaders, which is essential to their development and makes a huge difference to their job prospects.

“The event promises to be an exciting and interactive day and we’d encourage anyone who is interested in seeing these skills showcased to come along.”

The North West heat is one of the Regional Qualifiers held across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which are held to decide who will take part in the national final –  a three-day competition held at the NEC Birmingham – where the winners will be crowned the best in the country.

The SkillBuild and trade show event takes place on Thursday 3rd May, from 1pm-5pm. To register to attend the event, visit:

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