Somerset College

Joinery Apprentice triumphs in SkillBuild regional competition

Matthew Baker, 21, a Joinery trainee from Ilminster, has been celebrating after finishing in first place in the regional heat of SkillBuild – the UK’s largest multi-trade competition. This is a back-to-back win for Matthew who may now have the chance to compete at a national level when the competition final takes place later this year.

Commenting on his win, Matthew, who is undertaking the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Joinery with Somerset College and is employed by A & C Joinery said: “I’m really pleased to have done well at SkillBuild– it’s a compliment just to have been nominated to compete, so to go on and win makes me feel great. It shows that I’m one of the best young trades-people in the area, which I think is definitely something I can be proud of.”

The regional heat, which took place at City College Plymouth on 21 May, is one of 15 regional heats taking place around the UK. The highest scoring competitors within each regional heat will then be given the opportunity to compete at the three day SkillBuild UK final, which will take place later this year.

SkillBuild is an annual event which is managed by CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, and is supported by local employers as well as national sponsors.

Pictured: Regional Winner Matthew Baker and Andy Pengelly (Carpentry and Joinery Lecturer at Somerset College)