The finals of SkillBuild, the largest multi-trade competition for construction trainees and apprentices in Britain has been held in Preston. With more than 100 finalists taking part, the event is a great opportunity to inspire young people to excel in their craft. Kingspan Insulated Panels understands the importance of this and was one of the few manufactures to get actively involved, working with the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) to offer training and guidance to finalists.
The event, organised by ConstructionSkills, took place between the 12th and 14th September and covered ten crafts from brick laying to carpentry. For the roof sheeting & cladding category finalists were asked to fit a rig with a roof and wall build-up incorporating the Kingspan KS1000 RW Trapezoidal Insulated Roof Panel, KS1000 WV Wave Architectural Wall Panel and the translucent Kingspan Wall-Lite Panel.
Both finalists and their assessors in this category were invited to Kingspan Insulated Panels headquarters in Holywell, North Wales where they were provided with training in the correct procedures for installing the insulated roof and wall panels.
Paul Grimshaw, Regional Sales Manager at Kingspan Insulated Panels commented on the training: The day was a great success and both trainees and assessors came away with a greater understanding of how different panel types are installed, along with a broad knowledge of related issues such as health and safety and mechanical lifting. Wed like to congratulate all the finalists for their efforts, and in particular the gold medal winner Craig Owens.
The training provided to the finalists and assessors is a service that is freely available to all contractors who want to work with Kingspan Insulated Panels. Kingspan is also hoping to offer this course on a more permanent basis to young people working with the NFRC to include it as part of their formal assessment.