SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the country for construction trainees and apprentices. Ten crafts are currently included: Bricklaying, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Dry Walling Systems, Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, Roofing, Stonemasonry, Wall and Floor Tiling. The Final is managed by CITB with each craft being involved in organising the competition for its trade. NFRC run the roofing competition which presently covers the disciplines reinforced bituminous membranes (RBM), roof sheeting and cladding (RSC) and roof slating and tiling (RST).
To enter the Final, RST apprentices have to compete in heats which take place around the country. The regional top scorer goes to the Final; usually there are eight competitors in the Final. The RBM and RSC heats are carried out inter-college with the top four in each discipline go forward.
How to get involved in SkillBuild - Sponsorship
Over the years our Associate Members have through sponsorship provided us with materials, logistics, training and prizes. Without this valuable support the competitions would not be the success they are. Members are encouraged where they can to get involved and if interested should contact NFRC directly.
It must also be stated that Trade Members are acknowledge for their support, as a number of competitors over the years come from member companies. Who go out of their way to support their employees throughout the competition. Trade members who are interested in putting forward their apprentices for the competition are again encouraged to get in contact.
The Worshipful Company of Tylers & Bricklayers
NFRC has close ties with The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers. The City of London Livery Company which represents the crafts bricklaying, roof tiling and slating and ceramic wall and floor tiling, can trace its origins back to the year 1416.
The Company's involvement in training revolves largely around SkillBuild and it awards the Mason-Elliott Award to the winner of the Slating and Tiling category. The winner is invited to London with their tutor where the presentation of the awards are made at the annual Craft Awards lunch in the City in March of the following year.