Construction trainees will battle to be winner

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NEXT week the region’s finest construction trainees and apprentices will be getting their hands dirty as they compete for a place in the UK final of one of Britain’s biggest skills competitions.

SkillBuild 2012 is organised by CITB-ConstructionSkills – the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry –and is the UK’s largest multi-trade competition for construction trainees and apprentices.

The southern regional heat, which is set to take place at Highbury College’s North Harbour campus on Tuesday, will see more than 80 trainees compete to be crowned the best in their chosen trade.

They will be showing off their skills in bricklaying, cabinet making, carpentry, joinery, painting and decorating, and plastering.

The highest-scoring competitors on the day might then be in with a chance to compete at the three day SkillBuild UK final in September.

Last year more than 1,300 people battled it out for a place in the grand final, and only those with highest points were successful.

For more information about SkillBuild see