Aaron Horrobin

CAVC trainees scoop all three prizes in major competition

8 May 2015

CAVC trainees scoop all three prizes in major competition

Three students from Cardiff and Vale College netted all three prizes at a top construction competition.

Aaron Horrobin, Christopher Weston and Lee Jones won gold, silver and bronze in the Wall and Floor Tiling heat of the Welsh round of SkillBuild. The competition is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board as part of the UK-wide WorldSkills competition to boost skill levels across the country.

Aaron Horrobin, a Level 2 Wall and Floor Tiling student who is undertaking an apprenticeship with his father’s tiling firm, Supreme Ceramic in Penarth, said it was a tough competition. The students from all across Wales had to tile a boat design into a wall within a five-hour time limit.

“I won the Junior competition last year but I never thought I’d win again this time round,” Aaron said. “The design that they gave us was quite tricky as it meant we had lots of curves and tricky cuts but I did my best and was thrilled when they announced that I’d won in the awards presentation that night.

“My dad is a tiler so I’ve always wanted to follow in his footsteps and qualify as an apprentice so that I can officially join the family business. These competitions have been great for building my confidence and challenging me to keep improving my skills. I’m really hoping I get through to the next round of competitions.”

The Welsh heat of SkillBuild is one of 13 taking place across the country, forming the largest construction competition in the UK. The top ten competitors get to go through to the national final at the Skills Show held in Birmingham NEC during November.

CAVC Deputy Head of Construction Kevin Robinson said: “We’re really proud of Aaron, Christopher and Lee. The standard of work has been so much higher than in previous years and it was great to see them come out on top. We now look forward to the British finals in November.”