Cory, who works four days per week at specialist construction
services company, MGM Limited in Team Valley and studies one day at
Northumberland College's Ashington Campus, competed against other
colleges from across the North last month and now stands a strong
chance in securing a spot in the National Finals, after placing
first in the senior plastering heat.
The competition, which is organised by CITB, has been running
for more than 45 years and sees the very best in construction
talent compete against each other to be crowned the Skill Build
winner in their chosen craft occupation.
The senior competition, which Cory competed in, is designed for
those who are studying a minimum of NVQ Level 2 in their chosen
Prior to the competition, organisers request competitors to cut
out a panel mould, which is used for the duration of the heat.
Competitors are allocated six hours under exam conditions to then
create a specific decorative housing piece, using their pre-made
Cory said: "Coming first in this competition has given me a lot
of confidence and I am so proud of my achievement.
"The course I am currently doing at College has provided me with
the advanced skills to be able to take part in such a competition,
whilst also developing my employability skills for going forward
within the industry.
"The tutors here are excellent, so friendly, supportive and
experienced. They encouraged me to compete, which is great and I
know now having such a skill on my CV will be beneficial to my
career within the industry."
Cory had been working in the plastering industry for over a
year, and returned to College as an Apprentice to gain further
qualifications to be able to advance in the plastering trade, which
include modules on heritage craft techniques that are used within
period property restoration,
David Hancock, plastering tutor at Northumberland College said:
"Northumberland College are the only College in the area who
specialise in this course.
Cory completely embraced the skill build competition and he
fully deserves his first place award."
Sam Mitchell, Apprenticeship Officer said: "Cory has been an
exceptional apprentice from day one of his apprenticeship; with an
infectious passion and enthusiasm for his trade as well as being
extremely conscientious, determined and demonstrating excellent
skill. Cory is excelling in College and on site and is without a
doubt one of the best apprentices I have worked with to date, he is
a credit to CITB, Northumberland College and MGM and should be
proud of his accomplishments thus far."
The National Final will take place in November and if Cory has
secured enough points from his regional heat, he will be competing
against other finalists from across the UK.
Students on a NVQ Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Plastering
study a range of modules and techniques including how to install
dry lining and plasterboard products to interiors, produce plaster
components, position and secure fibrous plaster components, apply
plaster materials to produce complex internal and external
surfaces, from screeds and granolithic finishes and how to prepare
and run in-situ moulds.
Facilities in Northumberland College's brand-new Technology Park
boast the latest industry-standard equipment across both the
Construction and Engineering and Renewables Academies.
Following an Ofsted inspection that was carried out in May 2017,
Northumberland College was praised for its clear vision to deliver
high quality learning and its findings confirm the college as one
of the best in the region.
Northumberland College are currently enrolling for September
To find out more about courses in construction at Northumberland
College please visit www.northumberland.ac.uk