National award for Chichester College

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Chichester College beat off hundreds of other colleges to a prestigious new national award last week.

The National SkillBuild final saw Chichester College named as the Nation’s Best Performing College.

The three-day event, which took place at Preston Guild Hall from September 12 to 14, saw the college triumph despite strong competition from nearly 200 other colleges.

The newly introduced category adds scores from all competing students from each college together, to find the college with the highest average score.

The award was part of the multi-trade competition hosted by SkillBuild, and looks for construction skill and talent. It is the largest competition of its kind in the country.

John Bradbury, curriculum team manager for construction at Chichester College, said: “This was a total shock, to think we outperformed all the colleges in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is excellent.

“Our students have participated in SkillBuild for a number of years, and they always do us proud.

“To have our students do so well in their regional heat is a reward in itself, but to be recognised as the best performing college overall is a great achievement, and something that we can all take pride in.”

As well as the overall college award, student Edward Harringman, 19, also received a gold award for cabinet making.

Chichester College Principal, Shelagh Legrave said: “This is a wonderful result for both Chichester College and the construction department.

“To be recognised on a national scale as a college is testament to the hard work and dedication the staff and students show to their respective trades.

“I would like to congratulate the five Chichester College students who were competing in their individual categories, and in particular Edward Harringman.”

As well as Edward, the college was also represented by Alistair MacAllan, 22, who was runner-up behind Edward, Richard Freshville, 29, Ben Shotter, 19, and Steve Pickton, 18.