SkillBuild Returns

The largest and longest-running construction skills competition in the UK returns, with registration now open for SkillBuild 2023.

SkillBuild is the largest and longest-running multi-trade skills competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices. Delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), SkillBuild forms part of WorldSkills UK and is often dubbed the ‘skills Olympics’ for some of the most in-demand construction trades.

The competition showcases some of the region’s most talented learners and apprentices. The largest and longest-running construction skills competition in the UK returns, with registration now open for SkillBuild 2023.

Apprentices and learners can compete in 10 different trade categories: bricklaying, carpentry, joinery, painting and decorating, plastering, and drywall systems, roof slating and tiling, stonemasonry, wall and floor tiling and furniture and cabinet making. Level 1 competitions are also available in wall floor tiling and bricklaying.

Prospective competitors can enter now to compete in one of 13 regional qualifying heats run UK-wide, from April to June each year. During the one-day event, competitors will be tested not only on their technical abilities, but on their time management, problem solving and skills working under pressure. Those who excel in the qualifiers will be invited to take part in the SkillBuild National Finals, taking place in November 2023.

CITB’s recent Construction Skills Network (CSN) report states that almost 225,000 extra workers will be required to meet UK construction demand by 2027. It also highlights that construction is expected to remain a sector where there is demand for workers, despite the current economic uncertainty. Covering such a huge variety of trades, SkillBuild is a fantastic opportunity to alter perceptions and promote the diverse range of roles available.