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HIGHBURY College students have impressed at a regional multi–trade competition.

They took on trainees from Southampton, Bournemouth and around the region in Skillbuild, which was held at the Cosham–based college.

Competitors showed off their skills to be crowned the best in their field.

Highbury students achieved top three places in five of the nine competitions, including top spot in the wall and floor tiling heat.

Winner Matthew Barnes, 18, said: ‘I’m really proud to have won at SkillBuild as it shows that I am one of the best trainee tradespeople in the south.

‘The competition was really tough but it was a great chance for me to show some of the skills that I use every day and to have these recognised.

‘I would definitely recommend taking part in SkillBuild as it’s great fun and you get to show off your skills to peers, employers and the industry, which is good for your career.’

Jackie Page, of Highbury College, said: ‘We are delighted to be hosting SkillBuild for a second year and hope that we can demonstrate the positive impact the competition has on students.’

The highest scoring students could go on to compete at the three-day UK final in September, and could then be chosen to represent the nation at the WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, Germany, in 2013.