17th July 2023
South Devon College is extremely proud to announce that two of the College’s Roofing and Tiling students have reached the SkillBuild National Final 2023.
Jacob Blight, 19 from Plymouth (representing Stormforce Roofing), and Azyur Perera, 36 from Totnes (representing SMW Roofing Limited), have both earned a place at this year’s final. Alongside Lewis Round, 22 from Paignton, who has been placed as a reserve finalist.
After excelling in their Roof Slating and Tiling category during the South West Heat in April, our students now have the chance to showcase their impressive skills against the very best. The final will take place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, 20th –23rd November 2023.
Having won Silver in last year’s SkillBuild final, Jacob is hoping to replicate his previous success, he said: “It was fantastic to take part in another regional heat of SkillBuild this year. I do enjoy the competitive challenges as I’m always learning during the process. Having experienced the nationals last year, I know what the standard needs to be and I’m looking forward to November.”
On reaching the finals Azyur said: “It was brilliant taking part in the competition, I thought it was a such a valuable experience, I was really surprised to be announced as a finalist! As for the future, I’m passionate about pursuing a career in roofing and I’m excited for the finals later this year. SMW Roofing Limited is a great company to work for and I’m lucky to have some great colleagues there.”
Delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices and has been running for over 45 years. Key trades such as carpentry, cabinet making, brickwork, plastering, joinery, painting and decorating are all represented. As each stage of the competition of progresses, entrants will be tested not only on their technical abilities, but also their time management, commitment and character, with the finals offering a great chance to build confidence and self-esteem.
Assistant Principal, Steve Caunter said, “It’s great to see how the finalists are continuously raising their own standards as they progress through their course and the competition. Taking part in SkillBuild allows our students to showcase and advance their technical skills on a national stage giving them the added confidence to pursue careers in their chosen fields. We wish them the best of luck at the finals”.