Christian, a student in College, recently took part in the first round of a national competition to showcase the South West’s best construction trainees. SkillBuild is a nationwide competition run by Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), with the endorsement of WorldSkills, and has taken place for over 45 years.

This year’s heat took place at South Devon College where Christian joined over 100 trainees who would battle it out in their chosen trade. Christian was selected by his tutor to exhibit his talents in Painting and Decorating. Christian did extremely well in this and rose to the challenge when he only had 25 minutes left to complete all his tasks. Although he did not win, one of his peers who entered achieved 1st place and Christian shared in the pride and celebration with his friend. The whole day was a great experience for Christian and gives him a head start on next year where his tutor hopes to enter him again in SkillBuild when he has progressed onto his Level 2 Painting and Decorating course.