Newtownabbey Campus Hosts SkillbuildNI Heats


Construction apprentices from across Northern Regional College converged on Newtownabbey campus this week for the annual intercampus competition hosted by the College in partnership with SkillbuildNI. The competition is an opportunity for the young people to pit their skills against their peers in the skills areas of Plumbing, Electrical Installation, Brickwork, Joinery and Carpentry. The category winners now progress to the Northern Ireland regional finals in March and from here, regional winners are selected to represent Northern Ireland at Skills Show UK in the autumn with the potential of securing a coveted place at the WorldSkills finals in Russia.

The Skillbuild competition, organised locally by CITB NI, is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for young students and apprentices.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, David Cooper, chairman of CITB NI, congratulated at the competitors.
“Taking part in competitions like this is a very important part of your career development and you should all be very proud of what you have achieved here today. This is the first step of an important journey which could take you all the way to the world finals which are held every two years.
“Competitions challenge your ability and can be very daunting but if you have the ability and the mental stamina, you should be able to build on what you have achieved today and do very well.”

Adding his congratulations to the participants, Matt Murray, Head of Engineering and Built Environment at Northern Regional College, said: “We encourage all our students to participate in competitions as this is an excellent way to enhance their skills and knowledge.
“The Intercampus Skillbuild competition contributes to the learners’ experience and improves their confidence, while providing them the opportunity to test their skills against their college peers.”

The category winners of the Skillbuild 2018 were:

Plumbing, 1st Abigail Reilly, Trostan Ave; 2nd John Glasgow, Newtownabbey; 3rd Chandler Douglas, Trostan Ave.
Electrical Installation, 1st Mark Fullerton, Farm Lodge; 2nd, Zak McFarland; 3, Morgan Wallace, Newtownabbey.
Brickwork, 1st, Derek McMullan, Farm Lodge; 2nd, Andrew McSorley, Newtownabbey; 3rd, Brandon Grant, Farm Lodge.
Joinery, 1st, Kyle Parry, Coleraiick Mccloskey, coleraine; 3rd, James Drennan, Maghene.
Carpentry, 1st, Samuel Gilmore, Coleraine; 2nd Patrick McCloskey, Coleraine; 3rd, James Drennan, Magherafelt.

If you would like to learn more about the many different opportunities available for apprentices and trainees at Northern Regional College, come along to the College Open Day in February or visit for full details.


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