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Construction learners pick up top places at regional WorldSkills competition


Leicester College swept the boards at the WorldSkills regional competition held on 14 April at New College Nottingham with learner, Reece Johnston taking first place in the Painting and Decorating competition, and Jamie Brightmore awarded first place in the plastering competition.  Gareth Walker was placed second and Luke Geary fourth in the plastering competition.

Painting and Decorating level 3 diploma learner, Reece had six hours on the day to produce a test piece from a design he then had to transfer to  a wall and saw off competition from nine other learners from across the Midlands to win the regional title.  He said: “I found the competition difficult, and was surprised to win as the other people were good.  But I wanted to win and was really pleased that I did.”

The plasterers were rewarded for their success in applying a plaster finish to a wall, and were assessed for their cleanliness, accuracy and quality of work.

Contender Gareth was also pleased with the placing he was given.  He said: “I was focused on the day and think I did really well.  I’ve wanted to be a plasterer since I was younger and lived with my foster dad, who works in the trade.

Working as a plastering apprentice at Jelsons has meant I have learnt a lot.  I’m glad I’ve had these opportunities.”

Curriculum Area Manager for Construction at Leicester College, Paul Hirscher said: “The learners who have taken part in the WorldSkills regional competition have all done extremely well.  To have two winners as well as other highly placed competitors from Leicester College is outstanding.  Their achievements are a credit to the learners and to the support and dedication of their tutors.”