Borders brickies’ success

MSP Nigel Don helps launch Skillbuild 2012
MSP Nigel Don helps launch Skillbuild 2012

Construction apprentices Greg Fenton, (19), and Daryl Brown, (23), from Borders College, proved they are at the top of their game after competing at the Scottish regional heat of SkillBuild – the UK’s largest multi-trade competition.

Daryl came first in the senior bricklaying category whilst Greg came second in the new entrant bricklaying category.

The competition, which is managed by CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board, as part of its ongoing work to bring new blood into the construction industry, saw more than 70 budding apprentices build, plaster and paint their way to success to be crowned the best in their chosen field.

Commenting on his win Daryl, who is employed by JMS Harkins Ltd and attends Borders College explained: “I’m really proud to have won at SkillBuild as it shows that I am one of the best apprentice tradespeople in the Scottish region which is a huge achievement.

“The competition was tough but it was a great chance for me to show some of the skills that I use every day and to have these recognised. I would definitely recommend taking part in SkillBuild as its great fun and you get to show off your skills to your peers, employers and the industry, which is good for your career.”

The highest scoring competitors could go onto compete at the three day SkillBuild UK final (September 12-14), which will be hosted by Preston College.

Nigel Don MSP, who helped launch this year’s SkillBuild event said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Daryl and Greg, and offer my best wishes for their success in the national contest. Everyone should be very proud of their achievements, and I would like to wish all of the competitors the best for the future.”