An apprentice builder from Cornwall College St Austell has secured gold at this year’s Regional SkillBuild competition. Ryan Honey, who is an apprentice with A M Honey Building and Joinery, beat off stiff competition from colleges across the South West and is now waiting to hear if he will compete at the national finals, which are held at the NEC in Birmingham.
SkillBuild is a national construction competition delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and it has been running for over 45 years touring the country looking for the best in regional talent from the construction industry. Trainees were put through their paces during the day under the watchful eye of expert judges showcasing the very best skills in all disciplines.
Construction Lecturer Christopher Maunder, said: “I am delighted for Ryan, he has worked extremely hard to achieve this result and he’s a credit to his employer. The standard was pretty tough and they had to work against the clock, but the quality of the work from Ryan was extremely high.”
TV Personality and builder Tommy Walsh was invited to attend the SkillBuild competition. He took part a number of activities and was happy to share his hints and tips with the students.
Tommy said: “We’re looking toward the future and I think the fact that they’re given an opportunity to see what a vocational career is about gives us a better chance to train the people of the future. It’s good to see all the young boys and girls training at SkillBuild. I’ve had a look around and the standard of work is very good.”