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Kenneth is Multi-Skill Champion!

Posted: 30th July 2016

Fourteen-year-old multi-skill student Kenneth Sylvester from Doncaster College has been named as the overall winner of Dunlop’s Multi-Skill Champion Competition 2016. The competition was launched by the pioneering manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts and decorating products as a way to celebrate and recognise the best multi-skill tiling and decorating students in the country.

MultiSkill Final Kenneth tiling

MultiSkill Final Kenneth tiling

Eighteen students aged from 14 to 40 from FE colleges across UK providing the City & Guilds Construction Skills qualification competed against each other in a series of tiling and decorating tests at the competition’s Grand Final which was held at Dunlop’s Innovation and Technology Centre in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday (16th June).

Following the rigorous assessment, Kenneth was declared the winner and presented with the winner’s trophy and approximately £1000 worth of tiling and decorating tools, products and equipment, kindly donated by sponsors Bellota and Coleman Brothers.

After being named the winner an emotional Kenneth said: “I’m absolutely speechless, 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 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 just got the hang of it so quickly. It’s definitely something I want to do when I finish college. I just want to say a big thank you to Mark Adams, my tutor, because without him I would never have won this competition.”

Kenneth came to  College after a tough time in school as well as 6 months of home education.  Slowly he gained confidence  felt he had found the place he wanted to be and  where he belonged.

Gareth Birks, National Technical Support Manager at Dunlop said: “This is the first time we’ve run this competition and the interest has been amazing. We’ve been teaching in colleges for many years and thought this would be a great opportunity to recognise student’s skills while familiarising them with our range of Dunlop tiling adhesives and decorating fillers and smoothers. 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.”