Skillbuild…creating a stronger roofing future

As the largest multi-trade competition in the country, SkillBuild has been running for over 45 years and sees the very best in construction trainees and apprentice’s talent compete against each other to be crowned the SkillBuild winner in their chosen trade.

The competition comprises of 14 regional heats which are held across England, Scotland and Wales, with over 1,000 competitors across the 10 different trades from April to June each year.

SkillBuild is run by CITB and it covers ten craft occupations:

  • Bricklaying
  • Cabinet Making
  • Carpentry
  • Dry Walling Systems
  • Joinery
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Plastering
  • Roofing
  • Stonemasonry
  • Wall and Floor Tiling

Roofing playing their part

The NFCR and other key industry partners play a very proactive role in supporting the competition and our young roofers. With the NFRC running the roofing competition which presently covers the disciplines:

  • Reinforced Bituminous Membranes
  • Roof Sheeting and Cladding
  • Roof Slating and Tiling

A number of the trainees and apprentices enter from the NFRC’s Trade Members, with these Trade Members going out of their way to support their employees throughout the competition.

Roof Slating and Tiling apprentices compete in heats which take place around the country – the regional top scorer goes to the final – with typically eight competitors in the final. The Reinforced Bituminous Membranes and Roof Sheeting and Cladding heats are carried out inter-college with the top four in each discipline go forward to the final.

After all have competed the scores are compiled and verified, and then sees the top performers being invited to the national final which is held in the autumn each year.

For more details about SkillBuild please visit or contact the NFRC for more information:

You can read more about one of our 2016 winners in our SIG Roofing blog here:

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