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Furness College apprentices triumph in skills contest

Published on: Friday 8th July 2016
Categorised under: Learn , Apprentices, Construction, Education, Furness College, Stay

Construction apprentices from Furness College swept the board in a North West skills contest.

The Barrow college – a partner of Choose Cumbria – hosted the North West regional SkillBuild competition for a second year.

Apprentices from Furness College saw off competitors from Accrington and Rossendale College, Blackpool and The Fylde College, Lakes College, Kendal College and Carlisle College to claim the best results of the day.

Christopher O’Brien, Thomas Dixon, Christopher Fittes and Anthony Criscuolo came first in their categories, while Jed Hughes, Brandon McGuire, Joe Kelly, Honor Fenton, Sam Huck, Jacob Layfield and Damian Worthington were named runners-up.

Graeme Shaw, curriculum manager for construction at Furness College, said: “This is a highly prestigious UK competition and our students always rise to the challenge. This year, they have been incredibly successful.

“We await to see if any of the students’ scores will send some of them to the finals in Birmingham.”

The SkillBuild national final will take place in the autumn at the NEC in Birmingham.

The competition has been running for more than 45 years and sees the best in construction talent compete to be crowned the SkillBuild winner in trades including bricklaying, carpentry, joinery and painting and decorating and plastering.

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