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Skills competitions help Northern Regional College students build strong foundations with CITB NI


Three males in joinery workshop

Northern Regional College’s Ballymena campus has hosted the inter-campus heats of SkillBuild NI 2023 for brickwork. 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.

The inter-campus competition is the first stage of a journey that could result in the winners being selected to represent Northern Ireland in 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 the 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 and 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 NI 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 at North West Regional College in May.”

The winners from the brickwork category included Eoin Donnelly, who placed first; Ronan Rodgers who placed second and Ben Shaw who placed third.