8th March 2011

IoBM Practical Building Skills Challenge Day, March 8th, 2011

Following the overwhelming success of its first ‘Practical Building Skills Challenge Event’, the Institute of Builder Merchants held its second event at The Johnson Building at Derby College on Tuesday March 8th, 2011.

The challenge for the teams from Travis Perkins, Wickes, Keyline, MKM, Buildbase, Ridgeons, EH Smith and J.A. Stephens was to

  • Lay bricks including features
  • Fix plasterboard & apply plaster
  • Bend & install copper pipes, taps and radiator
  • Painting & decorating using innovative techniques within a set timescale.

Most of the teams completed the full task list, some more successfully than others according to the Judges from Derby College!

Representatives from the winning team (Ridgeons) and runners up (MKM) confirmed that they had an excellent day, practicing some skills not previous experienced as well as learning a lot about the products they sell.

The Institute of Builders Merchants would like to thank the participants and sponsors i.e. Builders Merchants Training Trust, Institute Charity Fund, Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants, Hanson Bricks, Buildbase, Wickes, Travis Perkins, JA Stephens Ltd, BMF, Quinn Radiators, Derby College, Hunter Plastics, Natural Paving, Keystone Lintels, F Ball & Co. Ltd. for their support, both financial and for materials for the build and goody bags.

Andrew Pine, Institute President said

“Derby College has been an excellent venue for the event – the team of instructors and organisers have done a brilliant job and the facilities are first-class. It was great to see the participants getting so much out of the learning process in such a ‘hands-on’ way, which also gives us additional impetus to further develop this aspect of our training agenda”

To register your interest in future events, please contact June Upton via the contact form.

Images from the Skills Challenge

December update – IoBM Practical Building Skills Challenge Day, March 8th, 2011

Following the overwhelming success of its first ‘Practical Building Skills Challenge Event’’, the Institute of Builders Merchants wishes to announce details of its second event, which will be held at Derby College on Tuesday March 8th, 2011.

Full Details here