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Young craftsmen shine at SkillBuild event

Young craftsmen employed by Group Member Companies have done themselves – and the OCTG – proud at a regional heat of SkillBuild, the biggest multi-trade competition in the country for construction trainees and apprentices.

SkillBuild is sponsored by the CITB and the event covers 10 craft occupations. Some 14 regional heats are being held throughout the UK with successful candidates not only qualifying for a National Final, but also earning the chance to challenge for a place at the WorldSkills competition – in Brazil – in 2015.

Among entrants at the regional heat held at City of Oxford College in mid-May were five young craftsmen employed by Group Members: Jake Florey (Senior Category, Carpentry), Elliott James (Senior, Carpentry), Phil Collins (New Entry, Carpentry) – all from SYMM & Co Limited; Jack Brandon (New Entry, Joinery) – Kingerlee; Bradley Barefoot (Senior, Joinery) – Lockinge Estate.

Phil Collins (above) receiving his first place certificate

Elliott James (above) and Jake Florey (below)

All five young craftsmen should be congratulated for putting their skills to the test. But Phil Collins deserves special praise for emerging victorious from his category while both Elliott James and Jack Brandon came away with third places.

The Group would like to say ‘well done’ to all who represented themselves, their employers and the industry so well.

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