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Apprentices enter SkillBuild regional heats

On Tuesday 12th May, two 3rd year apprentice Bench Joiners from Eastleigh College attended the SkillBuild regional qualifiers in Chichester, with one student winning second place and the chance to compete in the national final later in the year.

 The apprentices, Christopher Kemp and Reece Arnald, study Apprenticeships in Wood Occupations at Eastleigh College and were nominated by their tutors for an outstanding demonstration of joinery skills and competency. They attended the multi-trade regional heat last week at Chichester College, where they competed against other construction talent. SkillBuild is part of the wider WorldSkills competition, and sees individuals from different trades compete for medals in their category.

Christopher Kemp, Level 3 Bench Joiner apprentice, was awarded second place at the competition with the potential to be chosen to attend the national SkillBuild final later in the year. He said "SkillBuild is such a valuable experience. I was surprised to be awarded second place, but I'm proud to have been nominated. The fact that I got entered into the competition will look great on my CV and will definitely help my professional development."

 Derek Topp, Lecturer at Eastleigh College, elected the students for the competition: "I nominated Chris and Reece for the SkillBuild competition because they both show a great level of competency. Their employers say that they are confident working independently, and always complete work to a good standard".

 Eastleigh College offers Wood Occupations Apprenticeships in Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery. Reece Arnald, also Level 3 Bench Joinery, said "I really enjoy the practical side of the course. You really notice the difference at work as your skills and techniques improve".

 We'd like to congratulate Chris and Reece for their continued hard work in their studies and for taking part in the SkillBuild regional qualifiers.