Our Maidstone Campus recently hosted the ‘Best in Kent’ skills competition. The competition has been running for the last eight years and involves construction trade students from various colleges across the county. They compete against each other to establish who are the best trainees in Kent in the four main construction area; bricklaying, site carpentry, bench joinery and painting & decorating.

This is the first year that MidKent College have hosted the competition and Bricklaying lecturer Terry Howard said “I have enjoyed being tasked over the last few months with the organising of this event at the Maidstone Campus on behalf of the College. The competition will involve thirty trainees from six different colleges; MidKent College, North Kent, West Kent, East Kent Canterbury, East Kent Broadstairs and East Kent Sheppey, and it is good for students to test their skills against one another.”

The skills competition is aimed at sharing good practice with fellow colleagues from all colleges across Kent and building a good working relationship within education in general.

The final results of a very enjoyable day of pitting trade skills against one another saw the following positions awarded:

    1st  place          Bricklaying                               Leigh Sudbury   – MidKent College
    1st  place          Painting & Decorating              Sophie Hines    – MidKent College
    1st  place          Bench Joinery                          Jack Thomas     – MidKent College
    1st  place          Site Carpentry                          Daniel Brown    – North Kent College

There are two further competitions at which MidKent College Bricklaying students will be competing in this year:

The Guild of Bricklayers South East and London final at Bexley College on 12 June 2018. The Skill Build South East regional finals at Brighton College on 26 June 2018.

Earlier this year we also had a very successful day at the KFE construction competition sweeping the board in all four trades.