The next generation of tradespeople went head to head at York College and Leeds College of Building, as part of a series of qualifiers for a place at this year’s WorldSkills UK Competitions.

The colleges hosted the regional heats for the SkillBuild and SkillPLUMB competitions – both of which are sponsored by Dickies Workwear. The winners of each category within these qualifiers could go on to compete against winners from other regions at this year’s WorldSkills UK LIVE.

Organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices, while SkillPLUMB is the premier skills competitions for the UK’s electrical industry and is run by BPEC.

Dickies’ sponsorship of this year’s SkillBuild and SkillPLUMB competitions included all participants receiving t-shirts from the global workwear brand. The partnership will also include clothing and safety footwear for all SkillBuild and SkillPLUMB national final contestants, plus judges and delivery teams.

“We’re keen to help show the next generation that a job in the trades can be a great career and these competitions are an ideal way to do that,” said James Whitaker, Marketing Director, Dickies Workwear.

“Having the right workwear for the job can play a big role in helping trainee tradespeople prepare for a successful career – both in terms of comfort, practicality and safety as well as creating a professional image. We wish all contestants taking part in this year’s competitions the best of luck.”

WorldSkills UK LIVE 2019 takes place from 21-23 November at The NEC, Birmingham.


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