SkillBuild, delivered by CITB, is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices. As the biggest and longest running construction skills competition, we’re looking for skill and talent that is built to last.
A series of competitions sees the very best compete against each other to be crowned a winner in their chosen trade. Much like the Olympics, as each level of competition progresses, competitors will be tested not only on their technical abilities, but on their time management, character and commitment, and the competitions can help them build their own confidence, self-esteem and life skills.
Taking place from March to July each year, this series of competitions held throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, brings together trainees and apprentices from across the country to compete in their chosen skills. Competitor’s results from each of the qualifiers are combined; the four highest scoring competitors in the non-age eligible and age eligible groups will be selected to progress to the UK National Final (four from each group, eight in total).
The level of competition increases for Advanced competitors when they come together from all over the UK for the first time to compete in a 3-day competition. Gold, silver and bronze medals are handed out at an awards ceremony after the final day of competition is finished. The highest scoring medal winners who are age and skill eligible can now progress through to Squad UK, with the potential to be selected to compete at an international level.
The UK participates at WorldSkills; the world's largest international skills competition. SkillBuild medal winners from the 2016 and 2017 competitions were selected for Team UK at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.
During this period of training, Squad UK members may be selected to compete at EuroSkills against 28 European countries in their chosen skill. EuroSkills takes place every two years, and SkillBuild medal winners from 2016 and 2017 were chosen to train for EuroSkills Budapest 2018.