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Northern Ireland Construction & Infrastructure Students Excel at WorldSkills UK LIVE

Friday 23 Nov 2018

Northern Ireland construction and infrastructure students competed against hundreds of skilled young hopefuls at WorldSkills UK Live to be crowned the National Champion in their occupational skill. The local competitors worked hard and brought home 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 2 bronze medals and 2 highly commended awards.  The students representing the local colleges and their employers and have dedicated a huge amount of time training and focusing for this event.

The National Finals of the WorldSkills UK competitions saw more than 500 competitors battle it out in 70 different disciplines– in a bid to be the very best in the country. Winners will get the chance to be considered to represent the UK at international competitions.
Barry Neilson, Chief Executive, CITB NI said, “Huge congratulations to all the competitors, it is an achievement in itself to compete at this level and be ambassadors for the colleges, employers and their trades. It was great to see local competitors represent so many vocational skills trades in particular construction and a fantastic achievement that 6 medals and 2 highly commended awards came back to Northern Ireland. This is great news for the competitors the colleges and the Northern Ireland training network.”
Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK said: “This has been the biggest and best skills event that the UK has ever seen.  Undoubtedly, we have helped change thousands of lives for the better.
“We have brought together governments, business and education to get the message across that gaining a skill will help young people go further, faster.”

Carpentry Samuel Gilmore Northern Regional College Gold
Wall and Floor Tiling Odhran Connolly Southern Regional College Gold
Plastering and Drywall Systems Ryan Carlyle North West Regional College Silver
Plumbing Leonard Keown South West College Silver
Plastering and Drywall Systems Conrad Keenan South West College Bronze
Plumbing Shane Murray Southern Regional College Highly commended
Landscaping Reece McKay CAFRE Bronze
Landscaping Brian Hughes CAFRE Highly commended