Chichester construction students win awards

FIVE construction students from Chichester College won awards at the southern heat of the UK’s largest multi-trade competition.

The regional heat of SkillBuild took place at Highbury College on May 22, and Chichester students showed they were at the top of their game.

Ben Shotter, 19, won first place in Carpentry, and said: “I’m really proud to have won at SkillBuild as it shows that I am one of the best trainee tradespeople in the South, which is a huge achievement.”

Richard Freshville came first in painting and decorating, and for cabinet making Chichester’s Edward Harrington,18, came first, George Callow, 20, came second, and Alistair Macallan, 22, came third.

The competition, which is managed by CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board, as part of its ongoing work to bring new blood into the construction industry, saw more than 80 budding trainees build, plaster and paint their way to success to be crowned the best in their chosen field.

The highest scoring competitors could go onto compete at the three day SkillBuild UK final, September 12-14, which will be hosted by Preston College.

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