• Students learning their trade in Reaseheath’s state-of-the-art brick workshop

Ten of our talented bricklayers, joiners, carpenters and plasterers represented Reaseheath at the Skillbuild 2017 regional heat at the South and City College, Birmingham.

SkillBuild, organised by Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices and is open to all relevant colleges and training providers.

Seventeen of these regional competitions took place across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with over 1000 full-time students and apprentices demonstrating their skills across ten trades.

Top scorers were selected to go on to the WorldSkills UK national finals at The Skills Show, Birmingham, last week.  Although none of our students qualified for the national finals, Johnathon Galloway, a Level 1 plasterer, came second in the new entrant category in the regional heat and our other students scored well in the exceptionally high standard competition.

All were superb ambassadors for the college, and thoroughly enjoyed their experience.

The students were:


(New entrant) Anthony McConnell (Level 1)

(Seniors) Peter Hailwood (Level 3) and Harry Roberts (Level 2 apprentice)

Bench joiners:

(New entrant) Harry Hiscoe-James (Level 1)

(Seniors) Rupert Gustave (Level ?) and Callum Bretherton (Level ?)


(New entrant) Harry Purslow (Level 1)

(Senior) Sam Ravenscroft (Level 2)


(New entrant) Johnathon Galloway (Level 1)

(Senior) Ashley Dean-Crowder (Level 2)

Construction staff members Darren Keen, Mark Redmond and Mick Hargreaves supported our students at the competition.