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Winners of SkillBuild construction ‘skills Olympics’ announced

The winners of the SkillBuild National Finals 2022 have been announced, after nearly 80 construction trainees went head-to-head over three days.

SkillBuild, often dubbed the ‘skills Olympics’, is delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in partnership with WorldSkills UK and offers a chance for trainees to compete in a bid to be crowned winner of their chosen trade.

Following the Regional Qualifiers, which were held at various colleges across the UK earlier this year, the National Finals took place at Edinburgh College on 15 – 17 November. The event attracted roughly 1,000 school visitors from across Edinburgh and the Lothians, exhibiting the variety of skills and career opportunities available within the industry.

SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices, and as competitors progress through each stage, they are tested on their technical abilities, time management, character, and commitment. The competition is viewed by many as an opportunity to develop confidence, self-esteem, and life skills, along with the potential for the highest-scoring eligible competitors to join ‘Squad UK’ and compete internationally.

Tim Balcon, CITB Chief Executive, said: “I’m delighted to have been able to attend yet another year of SkillBuild, my favourite day in the calendar. It’s fantastic to meet all the talented individuals and hear about their career aspirations. It’s so important that we support this next generation of talent coming through to industry, encouraging them to pursue their passions and reach their full potential.

“It’s initiatives like SkillBuild that really make a huge difference and I’d like to thank everyone involved in making this year’s competition possible. Many congratulations to all the winners and everyone who competed, you should all be incredibly proud of yourselves.”

Ben Blackledge, Deputy Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “Congratulations to all the medal winners. It is a fantastic achievement, and we hope their success will inspire more people to consider an apprenticeship and technical training as a route to great career success.

“Using insights gained from our competition-based programmes, we work with our partners to raise standards in training, helping to drive economic growth across the UK.”

Audrey Cumberford, Edinburgh College Principal and CEO, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in what has been a wonderful week, a truly inspirational platform of talent from across the UK. It has been a privilege for us to host the WorldSkills UK National Finals with SkillBuild and to welcome so many people from colleges and training providers across the UK.

“We have seen an incredibly high standard of skills performance from all competitors, which will be of inspiration to the many young people we had through our doors to spectate. We hope this has opened many eyes to careers in the Construction sector, and indeed to the benefits of competing in skills events such as these.

“Congratulations to all the winners and medallists, and our thanks to all who have made this a fantastic experience for our College.”

The winners from SkillBuild are:


Gold – Jago Gamblin
Silver – James T-Coleman
Bronze – Shaun Baker


Gold – Andrew Elam
Silver – Ben Price
Bronze – Robin Luscombe
Highly Commended – Eliot Duff
Highly Commended – Osian James

Foundation Skills: Woodworking

Gold – Sam Johnson
Silver – Oliver Sayers
Bronze – Dantina Gillett
Highly Commended – Adam Szewc
Highly Commended – Matthew McCarthy

Furniture and Cabinet Making

Gold – Isaac Bingham
Silver – Conor Ellis
Joint Bronze – Thomas Knowles & Ciaran Baggot


Gold – Harry Scolding
Silver – Jack Corner
Bronze – Dion Evans

Painting and Decorating

Gold – Jade Oakes
Silver – Hattie Parnham
Bronze – Jacqui Hawthorne
Highly Commended – Joshua Thompson
Highly Commended – Paul Mason


Gold – Jordan McQuillan
Silver – Thomas Devine
Bronze – Joshua Woosnam
Highly Commended – Kieran Rowarth

Plastering and Drywall Systems

Gold – Zara Dupont
Silver – Hugh Treanor
Bronze – Prince Senyah
Highly Commended – Ben Henry
Highly Commended – Ashley Carragher

Roofing: Slating and Tiling

Gold – Jordan Maley
Silver – Jacob Blight
Bronze – Kyron Sharlotte
Highly Commended – Aeron Murray


Gold – Luke Maher
Silver – Douglas Stevens
Bronze – Marlene Lagnado
Highly Commended – James Lewis

Wall and Floor Tiling

Gold – Conor Nugent
Silver – Morgan Nutt
Bronze – Aaron Brady

If you or someone you know is interested in taking part in next year’s competition, visit Go Construct for more information.

CITB would like to thank all the fantastic sponsors of this year’s SkillBuild, which include Alford Awards, Albion Stone, BAL, British Gypsum, Institute of Carpenters, Crown Paints, Dickies, Nicholls & Clarke, NFRC, Schluter, SPAX, Stone Federation, TARMAC, The Tile Association, The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers and Weber.