Students building a bright future at competition

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TWO of South Yorkshire’s most promising construction workers will battle it out to win the title of SkillBuild champion 2012.

SkillBuild is the UK’s largest multi-trade competition, offering trainee construction workers the chance to showcase their talents in bricklaying, joinery, plastering, painting and decorating and carpentry.

Jason Whitehead, aged 16, from Hoyland, and Wayne Davies, 37, from Barnsley, will compete in the final after impressing the judges in the Yorkshire and Humber regional heat.

The three-day competition is staged by CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry.

The Barnsley College construction trainees will be competing against more than 100 others for the title.

Wayne will compete in the plastering category and Jason, who works at Barratt Developments, will be demonstrating his bricklaying talents.

Barnsley College Principal Colin Booth said: “I am thrilled that two of our own students will be going on to represent the college at the national final.

“The accolades they have achieved so far are testament to the hard work and commitment shown by each of them and I wish them the very best of luck.”

The final starts tomorrow at Preston College.