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SkillBuild, delivered by CITB, is the largest multi-trade skills competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices.

A series of competitions saw the very best compete against each other to be crowned a winner in their chosen trade. Much like the Olympics, at each level of competition progresses, competitors were being tested not only on their technical abilities, but on their time management, character and commitment, and the competitions helped build confidence, self-esteem and vital life skills.

SkillBuild 2021 National Finals

We were delighted to announce that the SkillBuild 2021 National Finals were held at the National Construction College (East) site in Bircham Newton, Norfolk. Competitions took place over the course of three days, from Tuesday 16 November to Thursday 18 November 2021.

We were proud to be able to deliver the SkillBuild 2021 National Finals, ensuring the hard work and dedication of competitors and their learning providers was rewarded. 

Congratulations to the SkillBuild Winners


Gold: Mitchell Proctor – Preston’s College  

Silver: Michael Topham – York College 

Bronze: Kieran Oglethorpe – Preston’s College  

Highly Commended:  Harvey Enwright – York College  


Gold: Charlie Reeve – EN Suiter 

Silver: Sammy Young – NPTC Group - Neath College  

Bronze: Leonie McDonagh – Belfast Metropolitan College  

Furniture and Cabinet Making 

Gold: Michael Jack Talbot – Burnley College  

Silver: Thomas Slevin – Burnley College  

Bronze: Thomas Knowles – Chichester College Group - Brinsbury Campus  


Gold: Sam Abbott – North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College – Harrowbrook  

Silver: William Zuk – Bolton College  

Bronze: Dion Evans – Coleg Ceredigion  

Highly Commended – Steffan Thomas - Coleg Ceredigion 


Gold: Sam Dean – Wigan and Leigh College  

Silver: Steven Price – City College Plymouth  

Bronze: Kieran Jones-Rees – Coleg Sir Gar - Ammanford Campus 

Plastering & Drywall Systems 

Gold: Ignas Kurasovas – Errigal Contracts  

Silver: Liam Watson – Errigal Contracts  

Bronze: Matthew Connolly – Errigal Contracts  

Highly Commended – Tommy Falco – West London College  

Painting & Decorating 

Gold: Nicole Smith – Bell Group UK 

Silver: Sophie Graham – City College Plymouth 

Bronze: Jacqui Hawthorne – Southern Regional College - Newry Campus 


Gold: Lewis Evans – Bath College - Radstock  

Silver: Kane Frith – Bath College - Radstock 

Bronze: Ben Nicholson – Edinburgh College - Granton 

Wall & Floor Tiling 

Gold: Aaron Gillespie – Southern Regional College – Newry Campus  

Silver: Christopher Parry – City of Glasgow College  

Bronze: Morgan Nutt – North West Regional College – Greystone  

Highly Commended – Tony Kane - Southern Regional College – Newry Campus 

Foundation Skills – Woodworking 

Gold: Ben Thewlis – Coleg Gwent - Newport 

Silver: Adrian Buick – Coleg Gwent – Newport  

Bronze: Daniel Walker – Oldham College  

SkillBuild 2021 Qualifiers

We would like to congratulate all competitors who took part in the SkillBuild 2021 Qualifiers for their sterling commitment, enthusiasm and high level of skill displayed throughout. This year’s qualifiers were unlike any other – due to Covid restrictions, Online Assessments and remotely-delivered Physical Tasks were introduced, and were met with an incredible response from competitors, who stepped up to the challenge of a new way of competing.

In total, almost 250 competitors participated in the qualifiers across a range of skill disciplines. We saw the very best of what construction apprentices and trainees have to offer at locations up and down the UK. The future of construction is bright with such a talented trainee workforce.

Participation certificates are being issued to all qualifier competitors, which you will receive shortly. If you did not reach the finals, taking part in the SkillBuild qualifiers is still an excellent way to boost your personal and professional development. Participating in the UK’s largest multi-trade skills competition can help set you apart from the rest for prospective future employers, while boosting your confidence, teamworking and technical skills.

Looking ahead: SkillBuild 2022

2022 may feel far away, but plans for next year’s SkillBuild competition are already well underway. With a return to face-to-face activities and the potential to progress to international competitions via WorldSkills UK, SkillBuild 2022 is set to be the biggest and best yet.

Due to social distancing restrictions and guidelines still being in place, we had to reduce our competition capacities this year. If you registered for SkillBuild 2021 but were unsuccessful in securing a place, please do come back and try again in 2022.

More information, including details on how to register, will be released in due course – we cannot wait to welcome you all back for SkillBuild 2022.

Get involved

Interact with the competition across social media by using the hashtag #SkillBuild2021.

Make sure to check out Go Construct on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube to keep up-to-date with the latest news and highlights of the competition.

If you have any questions about SkillBuild 2021, get in touch with us at skillbuild@citb.co.uk.

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