Skills event will showcase top talent

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SKILLS of all sorts are to be showcased in the Yorkshire heat of a major national competition to be held at Barnsley College next month.

Young people will demonstrate their expertise in bricklaying, plastering, carpentry, joinery, plastering, cabinet making, wall and floor tiling, painting and decorating and much more at SkillBuild 2012.

The event on June 12 is the largest multi-trade competition in the country for construction trainees and apprentices and highlights the best talent the industry has to offer.

The Yorkshire heat will see the top trainees battle it out in a wide range of construction trades.

Trainees will be put through their paces and the highest scoring students will then win a place at the UK final in September, which will take place at Preston College.

College principal Colin Booth said: “We are delighted to be selected to host this regional Skillbuild Competition.

“We see this event as extremely important in terms of education and training value and I know it is highly regarded by students, competitors and staff alike. It provides competitors with an opportunity to display their skills and high standards of craftsmanship.”

Last year’s event had over 1,300 competitors and used 8,000 bricks, nine tonnes of mortar, one articulated lorry full of materials, 15 gallons of paint, 30 cubic metres of wood and ten blocks of stone. Main sponsors for the contest include Crown Paints Ltd and British Gypsum.