Eight medals for Accross

Accrington & Rossendale College’s construction students landed eight  medals at the North West regional SkillBuild competition.

Accross SkillBuildSkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the country for construction trainees and apprentices, covering ten craft occupations.

The talented group of students won medals in four trade areas, with the winners being eligible for the opportunity to challenge for a place on the WorldSkills UK team and progress to compete at the 2015 WorldSkills competition in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The eight medal winners were:

Plastering (Senior) Winner – Mark Singleton – Nelson (employed by Housing Pendle) Runner Up – Luke Hudson – Accrington (employed by Smooth Operator)

(Junior) Winner – Maverick Brierly - Haslingden (employed by Rosslee Construction)

Carpentry (Senior) Winner – Shaun Conboy - Accrington (employed by Conservation Services North West)

(Junior) Runner Up – Lee Halshaw – Rossendale

Bench Joinery (Senior) Winner – Harry Connor – Rawtenstall (employed by R Whatmore Ltd)

(Junior) Runner Up – Chris Taylor - Rishton

Brickwork (Junior) Runner Up – Robert Haworth – Accrington (employed by Simon Parkington)

Andrew Barnes, head of construction, said: “This is an amazing achievement, but it’s not in the least bit surprising because I knew the quality of the team we’d put together and I’d been watching them practice for the competition, staying behind, doing extra sessions and working hard to give themselves the best chance of success. "The standard of our students is so high that just getting selected to represent our college meant that you had to beat some real talent and I’m really proud of the students and our tutors who worked so many extra hours to make this success possible. We also owe a big debt of gratitude to the students’ employers who have been so supportive throughout this process.”