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Recent News

What is SkillBuild?

SkillBuild delivered by CITB is the largest and longest running multi-trade competition in the United Kingdom for construction trainees and apprentices of all genre. A series of competitions sees the very best compete against each other to be crowned a winner in their chosen trade. Each level of competition progresses, competitors will be tested not only on their technical abilities, but on their time management, character and commitment, the competitions can help boost confidence, self-esteem and life skills. Starting regionally but with the potential to compete on the European and global stage, SkillBuild competitions deliver ten construction craft occupations in: bricklaying, carpentry, plastering, joinery, painting and decorating, roof slating and tiling, wall and floor tiling, stonemasonry, plastering and drywall systems, furniture and cabinet making. Sixteen colleges nationally hosted the competition. Easton and Otley College was one of the colleges that hosted in East Anglia this year. Construction Training Specialists entered eleven students into the competition resulting in a pleasing result of three gold, three silver and one bronze medal. 




Congratulations to Josh Middleton, Tyler Davies and Danny Lansdown Bricklaying students who received gold, Tayla-Jayne Johnson, Jack Clarke both Plastering students who received silver, Robert Tasker Painting and Decorating student received silver and Liam Collins a plastering student received a bronze medal. 

A special thank you

CTS would like to take this opportunity to thank all of students and tutors involved with this years competition. A special thank you to all of the employers who let their apprentices compete.


“We are delighted to announce that we were awarded three gold, three silver and one bronze medal. We are extremely proud of our student’s achievements and their dedication and continued progression over the past year."

– Directors Gavin Springall and Dennis Pollard


















Skill Build 2018

North Suffolk Skills Academy

Construction Training Specialists are delighted to announce that from September this year we will running a range of courses at the North Suffolk Skills Academy in Halesworth. This is an exciting new chapter in our plans to expand as a training provider. We currently operate in Norwich and will be continuing to use our existing premises to deliver our evening classes as well as running courses in Suffolk, more details will follow shortly.

What courses will be run?

From September 2017, we will be running the following courses at the North Suffolk Skills Academy:-

  1. Property Maintenance/ General DIY course - 10 Weeks 
  2. Self Employment - 3 Weeks 
  3. Introduction to Site Carpentry and Bench Joinery - 10 Weeks 
  4. New Style New Me/ Personal Styling - 5 Weeks 
  5. Make Up From Start to Finish - 5 Weeks 
  6. Introduction to Painting and Decorating - 10 Weeks

Duration: All courses will be run every Tuesday from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Courses to be delivered in Suffolk

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