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May 17th, 2024

For the first time ever, Mivan, the luxury fit out and bespoke joinery specialists, will have eight competitors at the NI Regional Qualifier for SkillBuild, seven in Bench Joinery and one in Site Joinery.

The NI Regional Qualifier will take place on Tuesday 21st May 2024 at South West College, Enniskillen, with all the apprentices competing for a place at the UK final. These one-day events across the UK bring together apprentices and trainees, with the overall eight highest-scoring competitors in each specialist skill going through to the next round – the SkillBuild National Final. Last year Jamie Matthews, 2nd Year Apprentice achieved a place at the UK Final.

SkillBuild, delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), is the largest multi-trade competition for construction trainees and apprentices. As the biggest and longest running construction skills competition, they are looking for skill and talent that is built to last.

Mivan Apprentices finished first in three out of the five local college areas in Northern Ireland to win a place at the NI Regional Qualifier. Ethan McKenna placed 1st in the Southern Regional College competition, Charlie Fleck finished 1st in the Northern Regional College contest and Tom Gallagher achieved 1st in the Belfast Met competition. Andrew Mackenzie, Jamie Matthews, Abbie Foster, and Matthew Conly also qualified for the NI Qualifier through the NRC competition. Paul Finnegan, also from NRC, achieved a place in the Site Joinery category.

John Cunningham, CEO, Mivan, said, “Last year we had a record four apprentices competing in the Bench Joinery category but to achieve eight this year, across two categories, is just fantastic. I am very proud of the apprentices and extremely pleased to say Mivan has more than half the best apprentice bench joiners in Northern Ireland. Good luck to all the apprentices taking part and I am confident the Mivan team will do very well.”

Mivan has nearly 50 years’ experience creating luxury interior experiences for clients. Working collaboratively with architects, designers, contractors, and suppliers to deliver excellence. The company successfully operates in a broad range of sectors including luxury hotels, prime residential, museums, stadiums, arenas, commercial offices, modular solutions and marine.