College builds prize-winning team

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BORDERS College took eight talented students from the brickwork, carpentry and joinery and painting and decorating department to South Lanarkshire College to take part in the recent Scottish SkillBuild competition recently.

SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition for construction trainees and apprentices and covers ten crafts. It was a very successful day for the Borders contingent, with Daryl Brown, who has come through from the full-time NPA brickwork class and now works with JMS Harkin, in Jedburgh, winning the senior bricklaying competition.

Malcolm Purvis, who works with George Anderson of Duns, took third place.

The competition is run by ConstructionSkills with the endorsement of UK Skills. The highest scoring winners from the regional events go forward to compete in the national final in September in Leeds, giving entrants the opportunity to challenge for a place on the WorldSkills UK team and progress to the 2012 WorldSkills competition.