Apprentices to fly the flag for Scotland at national skills event

TWELVE construction apprentices from colleges throughout Scotland will compete against the best trainees in the UK after landing places at the UK National Final of SkillBuild.

Organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), SkillBuild brings together trainees from all over the country to compete in areas including bricklaying, carpentry, joinery, wall and floor tiling and painting and decorating.

Following their success at the Scottish SkillBuild regional qualifiers at South Lanarkshire College and Edinburgh College in May, 12 apprentices have progressed to the UK National Final, which takes place in Birmingham in November. They are as follows:

Ayrshire College

  • Calum Mitchell, Joinery
  • David Hamilton, Joinery

City of Glasgow College

  • Aiden Dearie, Painting and Decorating
  • Declan McGinley, Plastering
  • Karen Gemmell, Stonemasonry
  • Mark Scott, Wall and Floor Tiling

Dundee and Angus College

  • Declan Collins, Painting and Decorating

Edinburgh College

  • Calum Munro, Stonemasonry
  • Hamish Innes, Stonemasonry

Forth Valley College

  • Callum Bonner, Painting and Decorating
  • Ross Cowie, Stonemasonry

South Lanarkshire College

  • Liam Crossan, Roof Slating and Tiling

Ian Hughes, partnerships director for CITB Scotland said, “Participating in SkillBuild is a great way to kick-start a successful career in construction. As the largest UK multi-trade competition for construction trainees and apprentices, SkillBuild gives learners the chance to showcase their skills and gain recognition for their talent at an early stage. Competitors are really put to the test in their chosen field.

“I’m delighted that these twelve trainees will be heading to the UK National Final to fly the flag for Scotland, and I wish them all the very best of luck.”