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03 August 2023

Students star in national skills competitions

Edinburgh College students have shown their skills are among the best in the UK following incredible performances and results across a series of national skills competitions in recent months.

Students from the across the curriculum have taken part in national skills competitions hosted by WorldSkills, the Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) and Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) SkillBuild.

By entering national competitions, students test their skills against peers from colleges and training organisations across the UK. Strong performance in regional heats gives students the opportunity to progress to national finals which take part later in the year.

Edinburgh College students have performed fantastically well and have been a credit to the College, their results are as follows.


The College hosted the Scottish regional heat of CITB’s SkillBuild, with students and apprentices from across Scotland descending on Granton Campus to part in the following competitions: Bricklaying; Carpentry; Joinery; Painting and Decorating; Plastering; Roof Slating and Tiling; Stonemasonry; and Wall and Floor Tiling.

Edinburgh College students who learn with College lecturers and their employers secured three first places, three second places and three third places at the heats.

Winners and those placed at the Scottish heats must now wait to hear if they have progressed to the national finals upon completion of a nation-wide scoring system across the various regional heats which took place throughout the UK. The national SkillBuild finals will take place in November this year.




Malcolm Shoulder - 2nd place

Dean Carmichael - 3rd place


Gracia Brill - 1st place

Painting and Decorating

Sean Mitchell - 1st place

Roof Slating and Tiling

Hamish Morgan – 1st place

Luke Cosgrove – 2nd place

Lewis Blacklock – 3rd place


Lewis Elder – 3rd place


Three students are heading to Manchester for the WorldSkills UK after excelling in their respective competition regional heats.

Automotive Body Repair student, Alec Archie McLeod will represent at WorldSkills in the Body Repair final having competed in heats hosted by the IMI in June.

Meanwhile David Barkanyi and Euan Livingstone will also represent the College at WorldSkills UK finals in the Web Development competition following successful heats.

These finals will take place from 14 – 17 November at colleges, independent training providers and universities across Greater Manchester.

Good luck to all of our finalists.