Medal haul for college

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Chesterfield College construction students performed admirably at the recent regional SkillBuild heats with four podium finishes.

The competition heats were held at West Notts College and successful Chesterfield students included Liam Skull, Dooie Shaw, Lewis Cowlishaw and Tom Lowe.

Liam came first in the Level 3 Diploma in Painting and Decorating, Dooie came third in the junior Level 1 Diploma in Painting and Decorating, Lewis came third in the bench Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery and Tom came first in the Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery.

A college spokesman said: “We’ve now won a Carpentry & Joinery first place for the last four years.

“Tom’s win is especially impressive considering he attended Skill Build last year as a Brickwork student and achieved second place.

“He becomes the first ever student to attend two trades in consecutive years and win prizes at both.”

Upon completion of all regional heats, scores will be compared and national places for the final will be announced.

The College gained success in The Guild of Bricklayer regional competition with Dan Maskrey getting second in the Junior Section and Chris Devereux getting third in the senior section.

With three more bench joiners competing in the Yorkshire heat of Skillbuild at Barnsley College and two more going to Newark College for the Institute of Carpenters Merlane Trophy, the haul of medals is hopefully not yet finished.

Chesterfield College Wood Occupations student Ed Carter has also been selected to go to the eliminator rounds of WorldSkills.

He will be attending a Centre in London to compete with the highest scoring regional winners from last year’s heats.

If successful he will go onto represent the UK and Chesterfield College in WorldSkills 2013, in Leipzig.