Eastbourne trainee’s top- three national award honour

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A CONSTRUCTION trainee is celebrating after coming second in the stonemasonry category of a national award.

Edward Shaw was narrowly beaten at the Skillbuild competition, which is the UK’s largest such contest for tradesman.

The 29-year-old from Eastbourne was up against five other finalists in his category at a tense three day final which took place at Preston College last week.

Run by CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board, the SkillBuild 2012 UK Final saw the top-scoring finalists compete across a wide range of specialist categories, including bricklaying, joinery, carpentry and stonemasonry. This year, almost 1,000 entrants took part in 14 regional heats across the UK in a bid to make it to the final.

Mr Shaw, who works for Cathedral Works Organisation and attends Weymouth College, was awarded his second place prize at the closing awards ceremony and reception by celebrity builder Tommy Walsh.

He said, “I’m absolutely delighted, it’s great to get a place in the top three.

“The competition was tough, but it’s been worth all the hard work and preparation. I’d like to thank my college and employer for all their support and help and also everyone at SkillBuild for a great competition.”