Rugby College construction students and apprentices have excelled at the regional heats of a national construction skills competition.
The four students, representing the college’s carpentry and joinery department, visited South and City College in Birmingham College to take part in the Skillbuild competition pitting their talents against the best students from across the West Midlands.
Javed Mohammed won first place in the Level 3 Bench Joinery competition, Vijay Canesh was awarded third place in the Level 3 Carpentry competition while Paul Edmonds was awarded first place in the Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery section. Ben Tompkins, a Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery student was also chosen to take part due to his excellent results on his course..
The students now have to wait to see if their scores are among the best in the country – and if they are they will be invited to the national finals which will take place at The Skills Show at the NEC in November.
Javed, 40, is an engineering apprentice at Jaguar Land Rover in Gaydon. He said, “It was the first time I’ve done anything like this so I was a bit stressed to begin with. The competition took six hours and I thought I had done OK but when I heard I had won I was shocked, but really pleased at the same time.”
Javed was also awarded the Construction Trades Student of the Year award at the recent Rugby College Student Awards.
Paul, 22 from Rugby said, “This was my first competition and when the time was up I felt I had done my best and completed the most work out of all the competitors, so I thought I had a good chance. When they read my name out I was really happy to have won.
“I volunteer for Rugby Theatre where I make sets for different productions, such as Made in Dagenham which is on now and I think that this and college have improved me as a carpenter and given me the skills I need.”
John Billings, lecturer in construction at Rugby College said, “We are really proud of all the students who took part in the competition – they did a fantastic job in what can be a very stressful environment and were a credit to the college.
“We’ll now wait to hear if they have secured a place in the national final, but whatever happens the college is extremely proud of their achievements.”
For more information on construction courses at Rugby College, go to www.warwickshire.ac.uk/courses or call 0300 456 0049.