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Connor carves out a path to success in building skills competition

Paul Jackson with Sixteen year old joinery apprentice Conor Willmott from Bury St Edmunds who won the senior heat of the Skillbuild regional competition. ANL-140616-105631009

Paul Jackson with Sixteen year old joinery apprentice Conor Willmott from Bury St Edmunds who won the senior heat of the Skillbuild regional competition. ANL-140616-105631009

Joinery apprentice Connor Willmott is anxiously awaiting the results of the regional heats of the CITB Skillbuild competition after winning over judges during his heat,

Connor, 17, of Westgarth Gardens, Bury St Edmunds was taken on by Paul Jackson who runs a carpentry and joinery business at Great Barton.

He won a gold medal and certificate after taking first place in the senior apprenticeship event at the regional heat of the Construction Industry Training Board’s Skillbuild at CTS Norwich earlier this month.

He originally entered the Joinery New Entrant section but was the only participant and Paul asked whether Connor could take part in the senior section and organisers agreed.

A number of apprentices will be going forward to the national finals in Birmingham later this year with the opportunity to go onto to the world final.

Paul has 20 plus years experience in the building trade and during the recession in 2008 decided to branch out on his own. He provides a range of services including bespoke kitchens and interiors.

In October 2013 as his workload increased he took on Connor as an apprentice.

He said: “Connor has only been with me a short while but he’s like a sponge, he soaks it all up. His enthusiasm and willingness to take instruction is impressive. I am as pleased as punch for him.”

Connor had to show a range of skills during the joinery assessment and judges also marked him on how he worked and how he organised his work space.

Connor, attends West Suffolk College one day a week and said: “I always wanted to do this sort of thing and I am loving the apprenticeship.

 

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