Students build their career foundations

SkillsScotland Awards Ceremony. Award-winning brickie students Daryl Brown and Malcolm Purvis
SkillsScotland Awards Ceremony. Award-winning brickie students Daryl Brown and Malcolm Purvis

BORDERS brickie students were presented with top prizes at the World Skills (Scotland) Awards ceremony in Glasgow.

Jedburgh’s Daryl Brown, an advanced craft student working with JMS Harkin in the town, took the gold award, while Malcolm Purvis, also an advanced craft student employed by George Anderson Builders of Duns, won the bronze in the Scottish heat of Skillbuild.

The young builders’ Borders College course tutor David Lowe said: “This is a great achievement, not just for the region but also for the college, the employers and, most importantly, the students themselves.

“To have competed against the best students from all other colleges in Scotland and come away with a first and third is exceptional.

“As their course tutor, and on behalf of my colleagues, I would like to thank the students for their commitment, but most importantly their respective employers for their dedication and support in allowing the students the time required to prepare and compete in these competitions.

“Without their backing there would not be any students to enter into such competitions.”