Students impress employers at annual skills challenge

17th May 2016

Talented students took part in construction skills competitions in front of industry leaders recently at Barking & Dagenham College's annual skills celebration event, Inspiration 2016.

Talented students took part in construction skills competitions in front of industry leaders recently at Barking & Dagenham College’s annual skills celebration event, Inspiration 2016.

Over 60 students competed for the crown in Brickwork, Dry Lining, Electrical, Painting & Decorating and Plumbing competitions.

Each competition was sponsored and judged by leading employers including, Charlie Mullins of Pimlico Plumbers, who said:

“Everyone who has been involved today deserves a round of applause. At Pimlico Plumbers we understand that by giving something back we encourage others.” “The building trade is a great trade to be involved in and there is so much work available in London.” Charlie Mullins gave the top 3 plumbing students of the day a prize of work experience at Pimlico Plumbers, as well as a copy of his book Bog-Standard Business:
• 1st prize went to Bradley Mulvie, age 18 from Rainham, Essex, who got four weeks work experience • 2nd prize went to Daniel Shaw, age 17 from Romford, who got two weeks work experience • 3rd prize went to Charlie Arnold, age 18 from Billericay, who got one week work experience The brickwork competition was sponsored by Mulalley, their Operations Director John Moore said: “We judged the competition against the quality we would require on site. The students grafted all day and in the end it was very close call. Mulalley is committed to encouraging and developing the construction workers of the future and this competition was a great way to do that.” First place in the level 1 brickwork competition was awarded to Keighan Fenton, age 16 from Dagenham. Yvonne Kelly, Acting Principal and CEO of Barking & Dagenham College said: “This is the fourth year we have held an event on this scale and we are extremely grateful for the fantastic support of our employer partners. As a College we could not develop students’ work-ready skills without it. “Our judges today have offered work experience placements and job opportunities. They have also been great role models, and I am sure that many students competing today will be inspired to run their own successful businesses.”

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