Top GCSE construction students praised at annual building awards
The students who gained the highest grades in GCSE Construction and Built Environment were recognised by CITB-ConstructionSkills NI at the annual Chartered Institute of Building Awards held at Nutts Corner.
The GCSE in Construction and the Built Environment has been developed by CCEA to give students a realistic understanding and experience of Construction that will enable them to develop an authentic working relationship with the real world-of-work.
First and second place with the were awarded to Paul Gordon and Craig Hanna respectively from Ballymena Academy, third place was awarded to Darren Nugent St Patrick’s High School, Keady.
By way of recognition the students were invited to the annual Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Awards hosted by CITB-ConstructionSkills NI which awarded those professionals who gained CIOB status throughout the year and included a presentation on the A8 Dual Carriageway, by Lagan Construction.
On presenting the awards, Barry Neilson, Chief Executive, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, said, “It has been a pleasure to start 2014 recognising the achievements of those studying for qualifications in construction ranging from GCSE up to full Chartered Professional status.
Skills and training are the central core of our business, we at CITB-ConstructionSkills NI understand the importance of training and the positive affects it can have both internally and externally. We have recently launched a textbook to provide help and guidance to those studying GCSE Construction and the Built Environment this should be a valuable educational resource to those studying the subject and is fully endorsed by CCEA.”
“Whilst the construction industry has been hit hard by the economic downturn, there are modest levels of growth on the horizon. Construction has built our homes, hospitals, schools, roads and these buildings and landmarks will be here long after they have been constructed. It is a rewarding industry that young people should still consider entering. There are opportunities to develop your managerial skills, start your own business, work internationally or become a master craftsman. There are good prospects for career enhancement and there is good earning potential.”