Jack lays the foundations for successful career

Jack Marchant
Jack Marchant

A BUILDER from North Kelsey is making a name for himself as one of the trade’s top trainees.

Former Caistor Yarborough School pupil Jack Marchant (right) has been selected as a finalist in SkillBuild – a competition to find Britain’s best construction trainees.

The 21-year-old, who works for Rustic Construction in Caistor, has been shortlisted in the bricklaying category and will battle it out at the three-day SkillBuild 2012 final in Preston this September.

Jack, who put on a top performance at the East Midlands heat, is really pleased to be heading to the final.

“I’m a bit surprised that I’ve got to the final, but I’m absolutely thrilled. It’s a massive competition and would mean a lot to win.

“I enjoy everything about my job, it’s practical and technical – I love it,” said Jack.

The competition – run by CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board – is the UK’s largest multi-trade competition. Categories include bricklaying, joinery, painting and decorating and carpentry.

The best bricklayer in the competition will be awarded the Peter Vickers Shield and the best overall competitor will win the Frank Eaton Award.

If Jack is selected as a winner he will be in with a chance of taking part in the WorldSkills tournament in Leipzig, Germany, next year.

Eventually, Jack would like to set up his own business – winning this award would be a feather in his cap.

Regional delivery manager for CITB-ConstructionSkills in the Midlands, Mick O’Flynn, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to bring together and motivate the country’s most promising construction trainees in this nationwide competition.

“SkillBuild encourages excellence, helps to raise standards in training and is an exciting way to showcase the outstanding talent coming into the construction industry.”