The winners of the SkillBuild National Final 2023 have been announced, after 78 construction trainees went head-to-head over three days. Delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board, SkillBuild aims to showcase some of the brightest talent in construction. The competition brings together highly skilled learners and apprentices, who “battle it out to be crowned winner of their chosen trade”.
Following the contest’s regional qualifiers, which were held at various colleges across the UK earlier this year, the national final took place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes between 21-23 November. The event reportedly attracted around 1,000 visitors, exhibiting the variety of skills and career opportunities available within the industry.
Across the three days competitors were tasked with constructing a project designed by an expert panel of judges, within an 18-hour timeframe. The project tests the individual’s knowledge and skills, as well as their ability to work under pressure, ensuring they adhere to health and safety protocols.
In the Wall and Floor Tiling category, the winner was Patryk Niedoba, who is studying at Southern Regional College, with Steven Andrews of City of Glasgow College and Marshall Winder of Preston College taking second and third place respectively.