Seven Bridgwater students show off skills

THE students who took part in the SkillBuild competition.

THE students who took part in the SkillBuild competition.

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SEVEN Bridgwater students are in with a chance of competing at the SkillBuild national final this year.

The students won three gold, two silver and one bronze medals in the regional competition, held at City College Plymouth.

Eleven Bridgwater College students took part in the competition and, together with over 100 other competitors, worked to a drawing to complete trade-specific projects in carpentry, bricklaying, cabinet making and bench joinery over five to six hours.

Steve Battersby, section leader for Construction, said: “Following last year’s success, we knew we had a strong squad; however to achieve the best medal haul in the eight competitions our students have entered was magnificent and exceeded all expectations.

“The students represented themselves, their employers and the College with maturity, pride and professionalism. They, together with their coaches, have worked hard to get to this stage and we wish them all the best of luck in the next stage.”

Jevon Gregory, who won a gold medal in carpentry and is an apprentice with Fore Front Carpentry Ltd in Chilton Polden, said: “I am in my first year and really pleased to win the new entrant category. The support I have received from Bridgwater College has been great, with extra evening sessions scheduled in to help me fully prepare for this competition.”

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