Vincent Rourke Wins Gold at SkillBuild Regionals

Brickwork student Vincent Rourke has won gold at the regional heat of SkillBuild 2016. The Lakes College student competed against students from across the North West at the competition held at Furness College.

Vincent, from Workington, competed in the New Entrant division of the competition, which is designed for students in their first year of training, or for those studying for a similar introductory qualification. Having completed his Level 1 Diploma in Brickwork in January, Vincent continued to come into the college in order to train for the event. On the day, he had four hours to complete his project based on a brief provided.

SkillBuild aims to showcase the best talent in the construction industry, and is run by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The competition comprises of regional heats from April to June each year, with a national final held in the autumn. The competition has been running for over 45 years and sees the very best in construction talent compete against each other to be crowned the SkillBuild winner in their chosen trade.

Vincent, 27, comments, “It’s been brilliant. Although initially I felt under pressure on the day, I gained more confidence as the competition went on. My tutor has been a great source of support and has encouraged me every step of the way.”

Vincent decided to train as a bricklayer after becoming fed up of being stuck in dead end jobs. “I wanted to learn a trade,” Vincent says. “The SkillBuild competition was a brilliant way for me to be able to showcase my skills and gain confidence in my abilities. I’m a better bricklayer because of it.” Vincent aims to complete his Level 2 Diploma in Brickwork at Lakes College next year before hoping to gain full time employment.

Lakes College Principal, Chris Nattress, comments, “I’m thrilled that Vincent has won gold at the SkillBuild regional heats and it is testament to all his hard work and dedication. SkillBuild is a fantastic platform for our students to showcase the high standards of training they receive and Vincent’s achievement is well deserved. Our students continue to go from strength to strength no matter what their area of expertise, and entering a national competition such as this stand them in good stead for the future.