Weston College is best in construction

PUBLISHED: 12:30 03 June 2015

Weston College students and tutors enjoyed success at Skillbuild 2015

Weston College students and tutors enjoyed success at Skillbuild 2015

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WESTON College was the overall best performing college at SkillBuild South West 2015 as its construction students won a grand total of eight medals.

It was a new record at the inter-college championship, beating the previous record of seven medals per establishment – which was also held by the college’s students in 2014 and 2013.

SkillBuild championships take part across the country and the college’s construction curriculum manager Shaun Canniford said: “It is a great achievement on the part of our students, and is also very much a reflection of the support the students have received.

“Weston College entered 19 students aged between 16 and 40 from all artisan trade areas.

“All were given an assignment with a sheet of plans that they had to complete independently in a set timescale.

“Our students won two gold medals for brickwork and plastering, three silver medals, of which two were for tiling and one for painting and decorating, and three bronze with one for painting and decorating and two for tiling.

“However, it was not just about winning prizes. It was also about developing our students. The team included some 16-year-olds who had volunteered to step in at about four hours’ notice because some students were unable to take part at the last minute.

“It was a great experience for them and will mean they have more confidence when they attend next year.”

The South West heat was held at South Down College in Paignton and the winners will attend a national final in August.

If successful they will then get the chance to compete in the World Skills event which is held every two years in different countries around the world.

Mr Canniford said: “The college has enjoyed a lot of success at SkillBuild over the past three years and we are delighted that this year we have beaten our own record for medals awarded.”

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