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Skills competitions help Northern Regional College Students Build Strong Foundations with CITB NI


Female presenting an award to male students

Northern Regional College’s Newtownabbey campus hosted the inter-campus heats of SkillBuild NI 2023 for electrical installation, carpentry, joinery and plumbing. SkillBuild NI is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for young students and apprentices. The annual competition governed by the Construction Industry Training Board NI (CITB NI), covers construction-related disciplines. A total of 37 Northern Regional College students took part in the competitions in a bid to secure their place in the SkillBuild 2023 NI finals in May at North West Regional College.

Electric and Plumbing Skills issued prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd competitors plus goodie bags to all competitors by ToolMonster.

The inter-campus competition is the first stage of a journey that could result in the winners being selected to represent Northern Ireland in the Skillbuild National Finals in November. 

Congratulating all the competitors, David Russell, Curriculum Area Manager for Construction in the Department of Advanced Technologies at Northern Regional College, said, “SkillBuild NI competitions are a great opportunity for our students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge gained in their specific curriculum skill area.

“The College has some highly skilled apprentices and trainees and SkillBuild NI competitions gives them an opportunity to demonstrate their ability and potential and see how their skills measure up against those of their peers.”

Rachel McKeeman, Director of Industry Training & Support at CITB NI, who attended the event said, “We are consistently impressed by the skills demonstrated by the apprentices and trainees who take part in Northern Regional College’s intercampus heats of the SkillBuild NI. 

“Thanks to the high standards of training and the commitment of the competitors and staff, the College continues to be at the forefront of driving talent in the construction industry.”

“Congratulations to all those who took part the SkillBuild inter-campus competitions, especially to those who excelled in their category and who may get an opportunity to further demonstrate their talent in the SkillBuild NI Finals in Limavady in May.

The winners from the joinery category included Ryan Bowman, who placed first; Jamie Matthews, who placed second and Jamie McMullen who placed third.

The winners from the carpentry category included Nathan Minish, who placed first; Bailey Gibson who placed second and John Cross who placed third.

The winners from the plumbing category included Morgan Finney, who placed first; Ewan Hood, who placed second and Andrew Rainey who placed third.

The winners from the electrical installation category included Kyle Hylands who placed first; Andrew McBride who placed second and Joel Brown who placed third.