Trainee tiler wins spot in skills competition final

St Helens College
St Helens College

A trainee tiler from St Helens College has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious construction competition.

Daniel Griffen, 25, will head to Birmingham’s NEC on 21 November to compete in the SkillBuild 2015 final, organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), after excelling in the regional Stockport College heat.

Held at the Skills Show, the national final will see over 70 construction trainees, selected across 13 regional heats, battle it out to be named the best in their chosen trade.

Skills such as bricklaying, wall and floor tiling, and painting and decorating will all be put to the test.

Daniel, a wall and floor tiler, will face stiff competition from around the country, competing against trainees from Hull, Cambria and Belfast.

SkillBuild is the longest running and largest construction skills contest in the country, having taken place for over 40 years.

The competition is organised and supported by CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry.

Steve Housden, CITB’s Sector Strategy Manager for the North West, said: “We’re really excited to hold the final of the 2015 SkillBuild competition in Birmingham.

“After seeing the abundance of construction talent on show at the regional heats, we’re looking forward to seeing what our apprentices can do on the national stage.

“SkillBuild is all about the way that people setting out on their construction career work. Most of the competitors are still learning so it’s not just about the finished article, it’s about the whole process that they go through.

“We’re hoping the final at Birmingham’s NEC will showcase the outstanding construction talent the UK has to offer, and give finalists an opportunity to excel in their chosen trade.

“It’s a great time to be in construction, as the industry continues to see impressive growth. There’s a wide range of rewarding careers on offer for both new workers and those returning to the sector.”