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Students trade materials for medals in regional SkillBuild competition

Zak FullickLevel 2 Bricklaying student, Zak Fullick, and Level 2 Bench Joinery student, Elliott Pace, recently competed in the regional SkillBuild competition to bring home silver and bronze medals!

Zak, who is 24 and from Bishops Waltham, competed against other talent from across the region to complete a task to a high-standard, during a strict time limit. Competitors are assessed on their techniques and level of competency, in addition to their organisational skills and health and safety practice.

Zak was thrilled to have come second place at the competition, winning the silver medal and the potential to represent Eastleigh College at the national competition hosted in Birmingham in November 2017.

Commenting on his experience, Zak said “The most difficult part was having a time limit; I actually ran out of time. I’m glad I took part, it was a great experience and it’s something I can put on my CV to show I can work to the highest standards.”

Level 2 Bench Joinery apprentice, EElliott Pacelliott Pace, also took part in the competition and was awarded Bronze in his category. This is an excellent achievement for 16-year-old Elliott, who was competing against older students with lots more experience. 

He said, “Working in silence is the most challenging part, knowing that everyone is watching you!” He added, “I learnt to take it slow, not rush and to acknowledge the technical drawings more.” 

Eastleigh College is incredibly proud of both Zak and Elliott for their performance at the regionals, and wish Zak the best of luck for getting into nationals!