Ex-apprentice gears up for national construction skills contest

Jordan Richards (right) has been training with his college tutor Geoffrey Grace at Derby Colleges Ilkeston campus.
Jordan Richards (right) has been training with his college tutor Geoffrey Grace at Derby Colleges Ilkeston campus.

A young construction worker from Awsworth is to compete in a top skills competition this month with sights set on qualifying for the national team.

Jordan Richards, 20, won a place in the UK Skillbuild final at Birmingham’s NEC National Skills Show after representing Derby College as an apprentice in regional heats.

Running November 17-19, he will compete against students and apprentices from across the UK in a brickwork challenge to test accuracy, creativity and time management.

Jordan said: “I really enjoy competitions as it is an opportunity to test your skills and challenge yourself. I will be nervous at the start but I quickly get in my stride and all I can do is my best.”

Jordan, who now works for Derby construction company CJ Goodwin, is no stranger to the competition circuit.

He won several titles at junior and senior levels including a gold medal in the Guild of Bricklayers national competition earlier this year.

This time though, there is a chance he will be asked to join the UK Skillbuild team which competes around the world.

College lecturer Geoffrey Grace has been coaching Jordan for the competition and said: “We hope Jordan will do well and fly the flag both for his company and for the college. He is very talented and all he has to do is keep his nerve.”