Colchester Institute Student Scoops 1st Place at Skill Build Competition
Colchester Institute is proud to announce that Elliot Piper-Hunter, a second-year Joinery apprentice working with Churchill Brothers, has achieved an outstanding victory in a recent regional competition. Elliot, representing Colchester Institute, competed against talented students from various educational institutions across the Southeast and emerged as the first-place winner.
The competition, held on 11th of May 2023 at Lewisham College, brought together aspiring joiners to showcase their skills, knowledge, and craftsmanship. Participants were evaluated based on their technical proficiency, attention to detail, creativity, and adherence to industry standards.
Elliot Piper-Hunter, with his dedication, passion, and exceptional talent, demonstrated remarkable expertise throughout the competition. His ability to transform raw materials into finely crafted joinery pieces impressed the judges and set him apart from his peers. Elliot’s exemplary workmanship, combined with his meticulous attention to detail, resulted in a well-deserved first-place achievement.
As an apprentice at Churchill Brothers, Elliot has been under the guidance of skilled professionals who have nurtured his talent and provided him with valuable opportunities to refine his craft. Colchester Institute takes pride in its apprenticeship program, which not only equips students with theoretical knowledge but also prepares them for real-world challenges and success.
Elliot’s victory is a testament to the commitment and dedication of both the apprentice and the educational institution. Colchester Institute celebrates his remarkable achievement and commends him for representing the Institute with exceptional skill and professionalism.
Area Head Christopher Coe is thrilled with Elliot’s performance: “This victory not only recognises his remarkable talent but also reflects the quality of education and training provided by Colchester Institute. We are proud to have Elliot as an ambassador for our joinery apprenticeship program.”
Elliot’s achievement highlights the significance of vocational education and the bright future that awaits skilled tradespeople. With his determination and proficiency, Elliot is poised to make significant contributions to the joinery industry and inspire other aspiring craftsmen.
In addition, Nathan Usher, a second-year level 3 furniture production student, has also represented Colchester Institute in a recent Skillbuild regional qualifier, again achieving an outstanding result.
Nathan placed second in the Furniture & Cabinet Making category, beating out competitors from colleges across the country. The World Skills competition is a highly prestigious event that brings together the best young professionals from various fields, including technology, construction, and creative arts.
Nathan won 2023’s Davonport gauge of excellence by winning our in-house furniture competition, beating four other students, Sophie Finlayson, Freddie Corbyn, Sam Hogarth and Luca Anzalone, and was awarded the prize by Richard Davonport, owner of Davonport’s Kitchens and sponsor of the competition.
In doing so, he achieved selection to represent the college at the Skillbuild regional qualifier taking place at the City of Oxford College.
Participants undergo rigorous training and preparation months in advance, and only the most skilled and talented individuals are chosen to compete.
Nathan demonstrated remarkable aptitude and expertise in furniture making, impressing judges with his technical skills, attention to detail, and ability to work under pressure. His second-place finish is a testament to his hard work, dedication, and passion for furniture making and is a source of pride for Colchester Institute.
The next stage of the competition will hopefully see him compete in the national final for a place in the World Skills squad GB and have the chance to compete internationally.
Nathan found the day a thoroughly enjoyable experience. “It showing my hard work and knowledge from previous SkillBuild competitions, as well as my course with Colchester Institute, has come to be of good use in subsequent challenges.”
The wood occupations department congratulates Nathan on his impressive accomplishment and wishes him continued success in his future endeavours.
Nathan travelled to Edinburgh to take part in the WorldSkills UK final after his result in the regional qualifier.
For Nathan, along with the other Level 2 and 3 students who also attended, it was a great opportunity for the students to network with national employers and to observe ‘excellence’ in the trade professions.
During their time at the event, they saw the top eight students in the UK competing in the following disciplines: Plumbing, Painting and Decorating, Bricklaying, Stonemasonry, Plastering, Landscape Gardening, Roof-tiling, as well as Carpentry and Furniture Production. This national competition celebrates young, skilled people while supporting their technical education via competitions-based training.
Area Head Christopher Coe said “All the competitors were working so hard, against the clock and to such a high standard. It was truly an inspirational event for those involved”.