Carpentry Apprentice Elliot Humphreys takes second place at SkillBuild

Talented Carpentry and Joinery Apprentice Elliot Humphreys is celebrating after taking second place at the SkillBuild Competition (North West Region) for the second year running.

The 19-year-old, from Culcheth – who narrowly missed out on winning the senior category – said: “The competition was a great experience. It was an honour to be included amongst the best carpenters in the North West. To finish second in a regional heat is something I am very proud of.”

Elliot – who has already gained a great deal of experience in the industry working on renovations at Salford Cathedral in Manchester as well as being part of a team restoring an old pottery in Stoke on Trent – was joined by fellow Carpentry and Joinery Apprentice Christopher Woods, who placed third in the new entrant category.

Chris said: “It was a hectic day and to be up against the best carpenters, of all the colleges in the North West who entered, was very tense. I was really pleased to finish third in my category but I am determined to enter again next year and win.”

Also competing in SkillBuild was Brickwork Apprentice Connor Weidman – who came second in the senior category – as well as Jordan Byrne and Liam Brown.

Andy Atkin, lecturer in Brickwork at Warrington Collegiate, said: “The SkillBuild Competitions build on a long tradition of encouraging young people to develop their skills and craftsmanship and achieve the very highest standards of skills. Being involved in SkillBuild is a fantastic achievement for all of our apprentices and shows the hard work and dedication that they put into their trade.”

The next step for Elliot and Connor is waiting to hear if they scored highly enough at the regional competition to be one of the finalists in the national competition later this year.