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Surrey FE Construction Skills Competition

The first Surrey FE Construction Skills competition took place last week. The event, which saw participation from the four Surrey FE colleges – Activate Learning, Brooklands College, East Surrey College, and Nescot (North East Surrey College of Technology) and highlighted the value of collaboration between the colleges and kicked off a series of joint activities planned among them. 

Hosted at Activate Learning’s Guildford campus, the competition brought together 36 competitors forming teams from each college. The atmosphere was full of excitement as students gathered in the new Carpentry workshops, eager to embark on the day’s challenge.

Divided into Level 1 and Level 2 categories, students were tasked with different assignments. Level 1 students focused on mastering basic joints, while Level 2 students were challenged to construct a door lining, as well as prepare and hang a door in the frame. With a time limit of 4 hours, participants showcased their skills and creativity under pressure.

Surrey FE Construction Competition
Surrey FE construction competition doors

Students worked hard and were closely observed by their tutors and a panel of judges including Matt Sindall from Beard Construction, Eddie Dignan from E M Dignan Building Contractors, and Steve Moy from East Surrey College.


In the Level 1 category, Luke Jones from East Surrey College secured the first position, with Will Hobbs from NESCOT and Stanley Trigg from Brooklands College sharing the joint second place.

For Level 2, the duo Guilherme Abreu and Josh Fernandez from Brooklands College clinched the top spot, followed by Jack Ewles & James Lock from Guildford College in second place, and Ollie Sheeham & Ben Newman, also from Guildford College, securing third place.

Lorne Richardson, Assistant Principal at Brooklands College, commended the students for their achievements, emphasizing the competition’s role in showcasing the county’s burgeoning talent pool.

“I am very proud of the students representing Brooklands College,” he stated, congratulating the winners for their success.

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