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National finals loom for Somerset College student Mathew
A CARPENTRY apprentice at Somerset College has won a place at the finals of the UK’s largest multi-trade competition, SkillBuild 2013.
Mathew Baker, 21, has already triumphed at the South-West regional heat of SkillBuild and will now compete against the other regional winners at the Skills Show, the UK’s biggest skills and careers show which takes place at the NEC Birmingham from November 14-16.
The apprentice, who is employed by A&C Joinery, will be competing in the joinery category against the best trainees in the country.
The three-day competition is staged by CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, and will see over 100 talented individuals battling to be crowned the best in their field in a range of skills from Stonemasonry to Painting and Decorating.
Gillian Cain, of CITB, said: “The SkillBuild 2013 finals will celebrate the enormous amount of construction talent across the nation.
"The finals bring together the country’s most promising construction trainees and we are really excited to see another year of outstanding achievement.
"SkillBuild encourages excellence, helps to raise standards in training and is an exciting way to showcase the outstanding talent coming into the construction industry.”
Andrew Pengelly, lecturer at Somerset College, said: “We’re delighted to see Mathew go through to the national finals.
“It’s a real testament to the work that he has been doing, and we foresee a continued bright future for him.”
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