BOLTON COLLEGE roofing department played host to the third regional SkillBuild heat of 2019 yesterday (16 May).
Forming part of WorldSkills, SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices, allowing them to compete in their chosen field, from roof slating to carpentry, stonemasonry to plastering.
Three roofing apprentices from Bolton College and three from Newcastle College went head to head in a bid to be one of eight highest scorers nationally and progress into the final.
The Bolton College heat competitors were:
- Brad Hayes- Newcastle College
- David Crank- Newcastle College (Bronze Medal winner for Roof Slating and Tiling SkillBuild 2018)
- Jordan Condren- Newcastle College (Silver Medal winner for Roof Slating and Tiling SkillBuild 2018)
- Bradley Heffron- Bolton College
- Connor Pringle- Bolton College
- Liam Dooley- Bolton College
Roof Slate manufacturer, Cupa Pizarras, sponsored the SkillBuild Roof Slating and Tiling event event last year. The company is keen to support the next generation of roofers and continues to do so by offering apprentices the opportunity to go on an all expenses paid trip to the Cupa Pizarras slate quarries in Spain. The first of these trips is on 6 June 2019, with several more to follow.
Yasmin Herfegar, Marketing Assistant for Cupa Pizarras, commented: “Cupa Pizarras is pleased to support roofing apprentices and several of the colleges have told us that attendance has significantly improved since we offered these trips. We are looking forward to welcoming students in recognition of their commitment and dedication to achieving the highest standards in their apprenticeships.”
This year, the Roof Slating and Tiling heats require all competitors to undertake a specific project and demonstrate time management, commitment and technical ability. They will need to show accurate interpretation of drawings as well as cutting, pointing and application techniques – using the appropriate PPE to safely create a secure structure, free from defects.
Luke O’Gorman, Roofing Lecturer at Bolton College commented: “We are happy to host the competition here and its nice to see the number of students that have come from around the college to see the lads competing.”
Prior to the heats, competitors are unaware of the project they will have to undertake on the day. Luke continued, “I’m really proud of all of their performances, they’ve all done so well. It’s been plain sailing considering the project is only revealed on the day.”
Newcastle College Roofing Lecturer, Alan Bessford, said: “All of the lads are talented young roofers. We took home a Silver and Bronze medal at last year’s SkillBuild and we’re hoping just be just as successful, if not more successful, this year.”
Three more regional heats are due to take place at; Stoke on Trent College (21 May), Eastern Region Roof Training Group (5 June) and South Devon College (13 June), before the eight finalists are announced.
The SkillBuild final will run from Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 November 2019 at the NEC Birmingham.