Stonemasonry apprentice scoops bronze medal at national construction final

Edinburgh College Stonemasonry apprentice Hamish Innes has won a bronze medal at the national final of the UK’s longest-running construction skills competition.

After competing in the regional qualifiers earlier this year, Hamish and fellow Edinburgh College stonemasonry apprentice Calum Munro progressed to the UK National Skillbuild Final, which was held at the Birmingham NEC.

The duo took on finalists from across the UK in the Skillbuild 2017 competition which is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) annually.

The competition saw construction trainees compete in their chosen trades including bricklaying, wall and floor tiling and painting and decorating.

Hamish and Calum both put in a sterling performance against the UK’s top stonemasonry apprentices, with Hamish scooping the bronze medal.

He said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the competition and was pleased with my overall performance. To compete in the final was amazing and to win a bronze medal was even better. The standard was really high and everyone was so good. I’m happy that my hard work paid off and I got the bronze. I’d like to say thank you to my dad James Innes and lecturer Gordon Mallace who have both taught me and helped me to get to this level.”

Curriculum manager for Built Environment at Edinburgh College, Juliet Harkin, said: “We are very proud of both Callum and Hamish. It was amazing to have two students from the same discipline representing the college and to see Hamish pick up the bronze. They are both conscientious students who are dedicated to their craft and worked extremely hard to score highly in the national heats and the finals. Well done to them both.”

Ian Hughes, CITB partnerships director for Scotland, said: “It is fantastic to see Hamish and Calum make it into the UK National Final of SkillBuild 2017 and taking the opportunity to showcase their skills on a national stage.

“SkillBuild is one of many ways we can show the immense talent coming into our industry and attract more young people from the region into a rewarding construction career.”