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College student set to compete in national Skillbuild competition

14th November 2017

Winner of SkillBuild West Midlands’ Senior Bricklaying competition, Sam Yeomans from Stafford College is set to compete in a 3 day national final later this week.

College student set to compete in national Skillbuild competition

The Skillbuild competition is part of WorldSkills, which are the biggest vocational education and skills excellence events in the world.  Progressing from the regional to national stage, the level of competition increases as students come together from all over the UK to compete in a 3 day competition held at The Skills Show, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, between 16 – 18 November.  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 chosen industry. The highest scoring medal winners who are age and skill eligible can also progress through to Squad UK, with the potential to be selected to compete at an international level.

During the competition, the competitors demonstrate their technical abilities both individually and collectively, executing specific tasks which they have studied and would perform in the workplace.

Sam Yeomans, aged 18 from Gnosall, is currently studying a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Bricklaying at Stafford College.  Sam is an apprentice for his family firm, Yeomans Brickwork and he studies one day a week at Stafford College’s Palmbourne Construction and Skills Centre.

SkillBuild has ran for over 45 years and is the UK’s biggest and longest running skills competition for apprentices and trainees across multiple-trades in the country.

Sam, said: “I was really happy having won the Senior Bricklaying title at the regional heats so feel really privileged to have the opportunity to compete in the national competition.”

Julian Harrison, Curriculum Leader at Stafford College, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Sam and testament to how his skills have progressed since he started the course.”

“These competitions are designed to test candidate’s skills and ability in all areas and so it will be intense but I’ve got every confidence in Sam.”

For more information about studying an apprenticeship at Stafford College, visit, email or call 01785 223800


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