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Burnley College Students carve their way to historic success at SkillBuild competition

Four remarkable Students with exceptional skills in Architectural Joinery have dominated in the SkillBuild competition.

Gabriel Howard, Ali-Raza Gilani, Jude Taylor and Dylan Rudderforth traveled to Barnsley College to go head-to-head against other highly skilled Learners and Apprentices.

Despite tough competition, Gabriel, Ali-Raza and Jude came out on top and took the gold, silver and bronze in the Joinery category whilst Dylan, who is studying Furniture Design, won silver in the Furniture category.

SkillBuild is the largest and longest running multi-trade competition in the UK, bringing together the best-of-the-best of construction Apprentices and Learners and is delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board.

The overall eight highest-scoring competitors in each specialist skill category have the opportunity to progress onto the next round – the SkillBuild National Final, taking place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on 21-23 November.

Robert Nicholas, Construction Lecturer at Burnley College, expressed how proud he and his colleagues are:


As a Construction department we are all immensely proud of them and we know how hard they have worked this year. They are a talented bunch of Students.

“It’s a fantastic result for the College and well deserved for the Students involved. It’s always rewarding as Tutors to see your Students succeed.

Robert Nicholas

Construction Lecturer at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre

We spoke to Gabriel, the Student who returned to Burnley with a shiny new gold medal. He now has his sights set on the National Final in Milton Keynes. He said:


I am delighted to have received first place in the competition, all my hard work has certainly paid off.

Gabriel Howard

Burnley College Student

“My tutors have been very supportive throughout this year which has given me the drive to succeed in my course. Competing in the National Final will give me the opportunity to showcase my skill at a higher level and bring home another gold medal.”

It’s been an incredible year for success at Burnley College, most recently with Director of Skills and Innovation, Neil Burrows being named as a finalist in the prestigious Enginuity Skills Awards. Neil will be traveling down to the glittering ceremony at the Park Plaza Hotel in London on Thursday 29 June.

Do you want to build a career in Construction and have the chance to compete on the national stage? We offer Vocational, T Level and Apprenticeship qualifications in a wide range of Construction trades. View all courses at burnley.ac.uk/search