On Tuesday 14 June we hosted the SkillBuild Regional Qualifying Heat for the Lanarkshire region. The event showcased some of the region’s highly skilled learners and apprentices who were competing within a variety of construction trades.
The largest and longest-running construction skills competition in the UK kicked off in April, with the SkillBuild 2022 regional heats currently underway.
SkillBuild is delivered by CITB and forms a part of WorldSkills UK, often dubbed the ‘skills Olympics.’ There are 16 heats happening at various colleges across the UK until the end of June, covering several different trades including, bricklaying, carpentry, and joinery.
Top scoring competitors on the day moved onto the second stage in the competition, qualifying for the National Final later this year. Due to restrictions around Covid-19 last year, qualifying rounds were held remotely at competitors’ colleges, resulting in 54 of them making it through to the National Final.
The competition takes place at a time when there is a skills shortage and demand for more workers in the construction industry is high. CITB’s recent Rethinking Recruitment report highlights the need to attract more individuals into construction, and encompassing a variety of trades, SkillBuild presents a fantastic opportunity to alter perceptions and promote the diverse range of roles available.
South Lanarkshire College, Construction Associate Principal, David Innes said:
WorldSkills UK Deputy CEO Ben Blackledge said:
Jackie Ducker, CITB Executive Director – Customer & Product, said: