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Kyle rules at Skillsbuild again


Published by Jason Kayley for Together Housing Group in Housing and also in Education

Kyle catterall with his masterpiece Kyle catterall with his masterpiece

Together Housing Group apprentice painter and decorator Kyle Catterall has scooped another top award at the Regional Skillsbuild Finals 2014.

The Accrington and Rossendale College student placed first in the senior painting and decorating section regionals at Burnley College after scooping the top prize in the new entrant section last year.

Kyle, 23, who works for Twin Valley Homes, has won several prizes over the past couple of years and will be hoping to improve on his fourth place in the National Skillsbuild finals at the NEC in Birmingham later in the year.

SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the country for construction trainees and apprentices, covering ten craft occupations.

In the painting and decorating section, entrants are given a blank wall and design and are then expected to draw it to scale. This year’s theme was based around the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He said: “I was really proud to win the regionals again. It’s a tough competition but I’m really hoping to make it through to the national finals again.

“But I couldn’t have done it without all the help and support from the people at Twin Valley Homes. I’ve received the best training and some opportunities that I could only have dreamed of and my success is down to them.”

Alison Clews, Skills & Enterprise Co-Ordinator, added: “Kyle has become a model apprentice. He’s embraced the opportunity he’s been given and has come on leaps and bounds in the time he’s been with us.

“His design was outstanding and he showed all the skills and expertise he’s developed in his day job.

“He’s a year older and wiser and we have high hopes for him in the national finals.”

Phil Burgess, Deputy Head of Faculty at Accrington and Rossendale College, added: “The whole College is behind Kyle. He has been a fantastic learner since joining us a couple of years ago.

“We wish him the best of luck and also thank Twin Valley Homes for their continuous support whilst Kyle has been studying and training hard in his craft.”


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