Apprentice Wins Skills Medal

A HIGHBRIDGE apprentice has scooped a bronze medal at the final of the UK s biggest skills competition.

A HIGHBRIDGE apprentice has scooped a bronze medal at the final of the UK's biggest skills competition.

Alexander Boyd, who is employed by Wells Cathedral stonemasons, beat off other hopefuls in his category at the ConstructionSkills-organised SkillBuild, at South Lanarkshire College in Scotland.

The awards ceremony was opened by television presenter Angelica Bell, who spoke to the students about the importance of teamwork and showcasing talents.

Alexander said: "I am very excited and surprised to have won a medal.

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"I've really enjoyed taking part in the competition.

"It has been hard work but it has definitely been worth it.

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"I feel I have gained so much experience and it has really helped increase my confidence levels, as well as looking good on my CV.

"I would highly recommend other young trades people look at entering next year's competition."

SkillBuild competitions manager Heather Bliss said: "SkillBuild is a fantastic opportunity to encourage and recognise excellence, as well as to help develop the future talent of the industry.

"Alexander Boyd is a shining example of what can be achieved through the competition."

The winners from this year's final will compete in the international WorldSkills competition, in London, in 2011.

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