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Crawley College apprentices win top prizes at UK’s largest construction skills competition

Three apprentices from Crawley College won first and second places at the SkillBuild South East Regional Qualifiers competition on Tuesday 26 June at Brighton MET, showcasing their skills in carpentry and joinery.



SkillBuild, a multi-trade competition run by the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board), brings together construction trainees and apprentices from across the country to compete in their chosen trades.

Apprentices Kieran Barnes, Alex Gillies and Joshua Lewis won 1st place in senior joinery, 1st place in senior carpentry and 2nd place in senior carpentry respectively.

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Principal Vicki Illingworth said:

“Our carpentry and joinery apprentices performed amazingly well at the SkillBuild competition. Kieran, Alex and Joshua worked hard in the heat and their determination and commitment paid off”.

Each apprentice had six hours to plan, design and build their construction project to industry standards. Kieran made a 2 panel door with a tapered side incorporating different joints, while Alex and Joshua both constructed a hipped end roof with all angles produced by plane or saw.

Tony Manktelow, Wood Trades Lecturer at Crawley College, said:

“It was a proud moment to watch our apprentices work really hard. They were the only ones to finish the task within the allotted time!”

Kieran, Alex and Joshua were awarded with certificates, medals and a smoothing plane each. If they receive enough points in the competition, they may be selected to represent their region in the UK National Final.

Crawley College is one of the largest providers of trade and construction courses in the region, with many students taking on apprenticeships or progressing to University. For more information about courses and apprenticeships at Crawley College visit:

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Crawley school celebrates 4 star rating by national organisation



Photo: Michael, Asad, Jasmyn, Rebecca, Jiya, Karolis, Riccardo and Mrs Loftus.

The Primary school in Crawley is celebrating after a national schools organisation rated them 4 stars.

The features information on over 34,000 primary and secondary schools across the UK.

Parents can search the guide to find a multitude of information about any school including test results.

Now the Crawley school is celebrating after the school gained such a high rating.

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Head Teacher Tobias Melia said:

“We’re delighted to achieved the 4 Star Rating again.  It’s testament to the hard work and commitment of all of our community; Children, Teachers, TAs, Parents and Governors.”

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