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Record awards haul for Southern Regional College at Skillbuild NI

SRCawards1Students from Southern Regional College (SRC) have won a record haul of awards at Northern Ireland’s premier construction skills competition.

A total of 17 awards were presented to SRC during Skillbuild NI, the prestigious annual construction industry awards for apprentices, which was also held at the SRC campus in Portadown for the first time.


At an event in which more than 80 promising students from right across Northern Ireland pitched their skills to win 11 coveted titles ranging from brickwork to wall and floor tiling, SRC sailed home with six first-place medal titles and six second and third-place medals combined.

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25th March 2017Every apprentice is challenged to produce quality work in tight timeframes and are continuously assessed on their performance by an expert panel of industry professionals.

In the Wall and Floor Tiling competition Sean McLoughlin from Newry won Gold. Daniel McBurney from Banbridge took home silver and Cathal Murphy from Newry got Bronze.


For Painting and Decorating Conor McCelland from Hilltown came first and Jordan Hughes from Bessbrook was second. Michael Hughes from Newry was third in the Cabinet Making section and Thomas Fegan from Newry came first in Bricklaying.

Richard Shannon from Kilkeel won the Haldane Fisher Cup for Best Overall Skillbuild NI Young Apprentice.


Maurice Johnston, Chairman CITB NI said, “CITB NI is proud to have been involved in construction skills competitions for 40 years. Skillbuild NI is about raising the status and standards of professional and technical education and training. We have a proud record of success at skills competitions not only on a local level but also on a regional, national and world level.

“Skillbuild NI gives all the competitors a chance to showcase their skills and we congratulate everyone who has taken part and those who have excelled in their trade. Skillbuild NI couldn’t happen without the support of the local sponsors and training network and we extend our thanks to all who have helped the apprentices to be able to compete at this competition,” he added.


Brian Doran, Chief Executive, Southern Regional College, said, “We at Southern Regional College are privileged to have been selected to host this year’s prestigious Skillbuild NI National Finals. I congratulate the competitors, many of whom have travelled long distances to participate in this event.

“For competitors, today is an important stepping stone to future skills competition success throughout the UK and Worldskills competitions.

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25th March 2017 Box Advert“I wish all the competitors every success in the future and I have every confidence that those selected to go forward to UK and Worldskills competition will continue the proud tradition of success at a national and international level.”

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