A talented Carpentry and Joinery student has returned to Bury College with a second place award after showcasing his skills during a highly competitive trade skills competition.

Congratulations to Oliver Simpson who claimed the runner up position in the regional heat of the 2018 SkillBuild competition. Competing against students from colleges from across the North West, the 17 year old was delighted to be recognised as one of the top students in the region.

Hailed as the largest multi-trade competition in the country, SkillBuild has been running for over 45 years and sees the very best in construction talent compete against each other to be crowned the SkillBuild winner in their chosen trade.

Students were challenged with a five hour time frame to set-out, make and construct a frame. Putting the skills they had gained in the college workshop into practise, students were challenged to work quickly and neatly to produce a high quality piece of work.

The former Tottington High School pupil, who is completing the Bury College Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery diploma, said of his award-winning success, “During the competition I was really nervous and excited. I was happy to place second and to be the only one to finish the frame. The completion has developed my confidence as well as my range of skills.”

Upon completion of his Level 1 diploma, Oliver would like to progress onto the Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery diploma before securing a job within the industry.

Mick Booth, Carpentry and Joinery Team Leader commented, “The Carpentry and Joinery department are very proud of Oliver’s achievement, he has an outstanding attitude towards his course which is reflected in his tool skills. This experience of competing against the best students in the North West has given Oliver the confidence, drive and determination to be the best he can be in this trade and he eagerly awaits next year’s round of competitions where he will be competing at senior level. Watch this space!”

Chris Hutchinson, Carpentry and Joinery Tutor added, “Oliver was very unlucky not to secure first place and the competition must have been very close. Myself and the rest of the Carpentry and Joinery department are very proud of his achievement during his first competition.”

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