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Skill Build Regional Heats Hosted at Tresham


On Tuesday 15th March Tresham College of Further and Higher Education hosted the second round of the East Midlands UK Skills competitions to decide who will represent the region at the Skill Build Regional Heats in May 2016.

Tresham hosted the Team East Midlands Construction competitions for Carpentry & Joinery and Brickwork at two levels; new entrants or senior/advanced. A total of 18 students took part in the competitions from six colleges across the region including:


  • Tresham,
  • New College Stamford,
  • Boston College,
  • Buxton and Leek College,
  • Stephenson College,
  • South Leicestershire College


Carpentry and Joinery students were asked to make a plane frame suited to their level (new entrant or senior/advanced) which is a two-dimensional structure constructed with straight elements connected together by rigid and/or hinged connections. Guest judge for the day was Ivan Towson from David Wilson Homes who marked each piece for how well they met the brief.


The winning entrant for the new entrant category was selected as Ryan Payas from Tresham with Harry Smith from South Leicestershire College coming second and Daniel Price from Stephenson College awarded third place.


The senior/ advanced category saw tough competition but the winning entry was submitted by Joe Salt from Buxton and Leek College. Second place went to Megan Clements and third place was awarded to Luke Mann, both from South Leicestershire College.


In adjoining workshops, Tresham also hosted the Brickwork competitions where students taking part in the new entrant heats having to create a patterned half brick wall with piers (used to strengthen the ends of the walls). The senior/advanced competition were asked to build the same with the addition of a formed arch.

John Jappy from Prestige Developments Ltd was invited in to be the guest judge for the Brickwork heats with all work marked anonymously on how well they met the industry standards.

First place for both Brickwork competitions was awarded to Tresham students with the new entrant competition winner named as Jake Mann and Josh McGoldrick who received the prize for the senior/advanced heats.


The new entrant competition’s second and third places were awarded to New College Stamford students, 2nd place, James Hutchinson and 3rd place Ainsley Dodds.

The senior/ advanced runners up were Alex Marsh (2nd) and Lewis Senior (3rd) both from Boston College.

Following the competitions, David Roberts, Head of School for Construction and Engineering at Tresham College Of Further and Higher Education who liaised with the other colleges to host the Team East Midlands Competitions said:


Competitions like this allow students to share experiences with people they’ve never met before and focus on developing their skills during a complex timed task. This is great practice for the next stage of the competition in SkillBuild and WorldSkills. For our tutors it’s an excellent opportunity to share best practice with the other colleges and improve the skills in the region.


As hosts for the Team East Midlands Construction competition it’s been great to see our students awarded first place in three of the four competitions and very pleased with the work the staff have put in to holding the competition, developing the skills of our students. Thanks go to both Ivan Towson from  David Wilson Homes and John Jappy from Prestige Brickwork Contractors who kindly took several hours out of their working day to judge the competitions as well as the tutors from other colleges who assisted to ensure it was marked fairly.


I’m now really looking forward to the next stage of the competition in May/June this year and hope all of the competitors who attended do equally as well.”

The winners of the heats held at Tresham will now go on to the next stage of the competition held in the summer to show off their skills in the hope to represent the East Midlands in the national finals later this year.

For more information about the Construction courses available at Tresham click here.

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