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SkillBuild 2017 National Finals

SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices. The 2017 UK National Final took place from 16th to 18th November at the NEC Birmingham and we had extensive coverage of it.

SkillBuild 2017

What skills were on show at SkillBuild 2017?

SkillBuild competitions cover 10 craft occupations:

  • Bricklaying
  • Cabinet Making
  • Carpentry
  • Joinery
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Plastering
  • Plastering and Drywall Systems
  • Roof Slating and Tiling
  • Stonemasonry
  • Wall and Floor Tiling 

Getting through the regional heats

From March to June 2017, 17 regional SkillBuild competitions took place across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Over 1000 competitors from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland competed in the 10 trades.

Trainees and apprentices from the across the country compete in their chosen trade with the highest scoring competitors overall invited to take part in the national final.

Now it's the UK National Final

The level of competition increases for the seniors as they come together from all over the UK for the first time to compete in a 3 day competition held at The Skills Show, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, in November each year.

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are handed out at an awards ceremony taking place after the final day of competition finishes, and these winners can consider themselves the UK’s best in their industry. 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.

Event details

The SkillBuild 2017 UK National Final was held at The Skills Show 2017, from Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 November at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, B40 1NT.

And the winners were...

You can read a report on the awards ceremony on the Skills Show website, see who the medal winners were on the CITB website or download a list of all the winners.

Congratulations to all the competitors. See you at next year's show.

SkillBuild 2018

The first of the regional heats of SkillBuild 2018 will take place in March.

Dates and locations of the heats have now been published.

Follow all the action from SkillBuild 2017 across social media

We will be tweeting throughout the show using #SkillBuild2017 and posting on our Go Construct Instagram channel.

Want to be the first to know who’s won? Visit the World Skills UK Facebook page at 8pm on 18 October for a live video stream of the SkillBuild awards ceremony.

Saturday's highlights from SkillBuild 2017

You can find out who was victorious at the awards ceremony on the CITB website and read a report of the night on the Skills Show website.

Friday's highlights from SkillBuild 2017

Thursday's highlights from SkillBuild 2017

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