Multi-skilled Doncaster student takes the trophy

Kenneth Sylvester of Doncaster College receives his trophy
Kenneth Sylvester of Doncaster College receives his trophy

A 14-year-old student from Doncaster College is the winner of Dunlop’s Multi-Skill Champion Competition 2016. Kenneth Sylvester is officially one of the best tiling and decorating students in the country. Kenneth said: “I’m speechless. I want to say a big thank you to Mark Adams, my tutor.”

He added: “I don’t think this will sink in for a long time. I just can’t put it into words what means for me, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

“Doing the multi-skill course at the college and taking part in this competition has been amazing. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, and I got the hang of it so quickly. It’s definitely something I want to do when I finish college.

Eighteen students aged from 14 to 40 from FE colleges that provide the City and Guilds Construction Skills qualification (6219) competed in a series of tiling and decorating tests at the Grand Final in Dunlop’s Innovation and Technology Centre at Stoke-on-Trent.

Kenneth was eventually declared the winner and presented with a trophy and £1000 worth of tiling and decorating tools, products and equipment, donated by sponsors Bellota and Coleman Brothers.

Gareth Birks, National Technical Support Manager at Dunlop said: “This is the first time we’ve run this competition. We’ve been teaching in colleges for many years and thought this would be a great opportunity to recognise student’s skills.

“Congratulations to Kenneth who despite his relatively young age was a deserved winner, showing great skill and application, and to all the other competitors for taking part.”

Grand Final competitors were judged by Dunlop Training Manager and national SkillBuild judge Dave Rowley and Wayne de Wet, award-winning professional decorator, consultant and industry expert.

Dave said: “The quality of work the students produced was to a really high standard. Choosing a winner was an incredibly difficult task, so congratulations to Kenneth for coming out on-top and to all the other competitors for a truly great day.”