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Multi-trade skills contest names first heat winners

A trainee bricklayer from Hull is one of many trades people to have been rewarded under the regional heats of multi-trade competition, SkillBuild.

20-year-old Thomas Dickson has won the second place prize in the Yorkshire and Humber heats. He told the Hull Daily Mail that he welcomed the news of his placing in the national contest, which is intended to get more young people interested in gaining trade skills. Mr Dixon said, "The competition was really tough but it was a great chance for me to show some of the skills that I use every day and to have these recognised.

“I would definitely recommend taking part in SkillBuild as it's great fun and you get to show off your skills to your peers, employers and the industry, which is good for your career."

The contest is run by CITB – ConstructionSkills, the Industry Training Board and the Sector Skills Council. It is open to trainees in many areas of the construction industry, including bricklaying, plastering, carpentry and painting and decorating.

The lucky winners of the entire competition will be able to compete in the WorldSkills UK Team next year in Leipzig, Germany. The UK winners will be announced in September.