“This was my first ever Skillbuild and, at first, I was nervous as I didn’t think I was capable of competing. However, through hard training with my Competition Champion Trevor Huggins and tutor John Ward, I managed to sharpen my skills and scored a gold medal victory for the College! It has been the best experience I have had so far at college and, hopefully, I can perform well in the Nationals”
– Mitchell Chubb
My name is Mitchell and I am 20years Old. For the past 3years I have been working for Kier Partnership Homes as an Apprentice Carpenter. Alongside this, I have been studying at South and City College Birmingham for the last year, working towards a level 3 NVQ in Site Carpentry.
I had previously studied at another college but the assessor of the NVQ left. My boss referred me to South and City and got me a place on the NVQ level 3 course here – so far, it has been great.
One of the best experiences at the college so far has been taking part in the SkillBuild competition; I won gold in the regional heats and am working really hard to prepare to compete in the National Finals in November.
I didn’t expect to win anything at the regional heats of SkillBuild but I went in with a positive attitude; I told myself it didn’t matter if I won or lost, it was going to be an amazing experience and I felt excited to take part. I felt really proud to represent the college and also to have this chance to improve on my skill set.
When I learned I had won gold, I was shocked. It was an amazing feeling hearing my name called out – I was shaking for about an hour afterwards I was that overwhelmed!
I am nervous about going to the national competition because I know it is going to be harder and more intense – everyone there will have performed really well in their regional heats so the skill level will be high.
I am working hard towards the event by coming into college for extra days, working hard on my hand skills, reading drawings and also trying to build my confidence. It can be mentally tough to compete sometimes and I want to prepare.
My tutor is Trevor Huggins – Trevor brings me in once a week and helps me understand detailed drawings, advises me on how to set out my own carpentry design plans and drawings and is working with me on perfecting my hand skills with tools. Trevor is really supportive; he always gives me a confidence boost and is happy to help me out with anything that I need.
Being a part of SkillBuild 2015 for South and City College is amazing and has really made me think about what I can do in the future. I hope that, once I have finished my apprenticeship, I can go into management and study for a HNC and then a HND to become a Site Manager. That said, I have already had numerous job offers from the contractors I have worked with whilst on my Apprenticeship which is fantastic!
We will be catching up with Mitchell in a few weeks to see how he is getting on with his SkillBuild preperations, his studies and his apprenticeship.