Skillbuild NI 2015 competition result
Alex Rooney (SWC) picked up the Silver.
Shane Quinn (SWC) the Bronze.
All images © Peter O'Hara Photography
The best local construction apprentices from across Northern Ireland tested their skills in 11 different construction trades, including plumbing, at Skillbuild NI 2015, held at Belfast Metropolitan College’s Castlereagh campus on 29 & 30 April.
Commending the competitors on their hard work and dedication shown in their area of expertise, Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: “Skills are widely accepted as a key driver in how Northern Ireland can achieve our economic goals and developing the skills and talents of our young people is central to enabling local businesses to develop and grow, to improve our collective prosperity and meet the present and future needs of our economy.
“This competition is an excellent opportunity for our young people in the construction sector to showcase and celebrate their high level of skills and talent, as well as reflecting the high standards of training in our further education colleges and training organisations. Skills competitions are an essential part of the pursuit of excellence in our training systems and working practices.
“The last few years have been an exciting and successful time for skills competitions in Northern Ireland. There has been a year on year increase in the number and range of skills competitions taking place and competitors taking part and I hope this trend continues. Northern Ireland has a proud record of success in skills competitions at regional, national and world level. I am confident once again Northern Ireland will have an excellent representation on Team UK competing at WorldSkills 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in August”
Marie-Therese McGivern, Principal of Belfast Met said: “We at Belfast Metropolitan College are honoured to have been selected to host Skillbuild NI 2015. The College has a long-standing relationship with CITB and we are delighted for their ongoing support to for this flagship skills event. By hosting Skillbuild NI here at Belfast Met we can showcase and celebrate the high levels of local talent entering the workforce.’’