Vision West Notts to host Skillbuild regional heat

The East Midlands regional heat of this year’s SkillBuild, the UK’s biggest construction skills competition, is to be hosted by Vision West Notts on Tuesday 24th April.

SkillBuild, a competition managed by CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, is the largest multi-trade competition in the country for construction trainees and apprentices and showcases the best talent the industry has to offer.

Vision West Notts’ Construction and Logistics Skills Academy in Kirkby will play host to the East Midlands regional heat that will see the region’s top trainees battle it out in a wide range of construction trades. Trainees will be put through their paces in their chosen trade at one of 15 regional heats taking place between April and June. The highest scoring students will then win a place at the UK final in September, which will take place at Preston College.

Commenting on the announcement, Mick O’Flynn, Regional Delivery Manager for CITB-ConstructionSkills East Midlands said: “We’re delighted to announce this year’s East Midlands regional heat will be hosted by Vision West Notts. It’s a massive undertaking but we are confident that the heat will be run with the efficiency and professionalism that has made the SkillBuild heats such a success in recent years. We are really looking forward to working with the college to deliver an exciting event.

“The competition is all about celebrating the brilliance and talent of construction trainees who are the lifeblood and future of our industry. It’s easy and free to enter so we are calling on employers and colleges to encourage their most talented trainees to come forward and enter the regional heat.”

The competition will cover a wide range of construction trades to include; Bricklaying, Plastering, Carpentry, Joinery, Plastering and Dry Wall Systems, Cabinet Making, Wall and Floor Tiling, Painting and Decorating and Reinforced Bituminous Membranes.

Vision West Notts’ head of construction and building services Julian Walden said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the region’s SkillBuild heats at the college’s Construction and Logistics Skills Academy.

“These competitions generate a lot of interest and excitement among our competing students and it’s always good to see the talents of other construction trainees in the area.”

Main sponsors for this year’s SkillBuild include Crown Paints Ltd and British Gypsum.

For more information about SkillBuild and to access an online entry form please go to