Matthew Patterson from Lisburn and Level 3 Carpentry and Joinery Apprentice, Mivan, Antrim recently picked up second place at the Skillbuild NI Final 2019. Matthew was a winner in the South Eastern Regional College’s annual inter-campus Skillbuild competition and was selected to represent the college in the NI regional final. He picked up second place in the regional final for the second year in a row.

Skillbuild NI is organised by CITB NI and supported by the Department for the Economy. The NI National Final was held at Belfast Metropolitan College and over 80 local construction apprentices gathered their tools to compete against each other. The competition is designed to test skills, technique and ability within tight timeframes in order to win coveted titles in 10 different trades ranging from brickwork to wall and floor tiling. The competition is held annually with winners progressing from inter-campus competitions to the NI regional final and then on to represent Northern Ireland in the Skills Show UK.