A big pat on the back for Grantham College apprentice Tom

Tom Rout and Karl Hick.
Tom Rout and Karl Hick.
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A plastering student at Grantham College has been congratulated by the managing director of the company that employs him after taking second place in a regional skills competition.

Tom Rout is an apprentice with building firm Larkfleet Homes and took part in the regional SkillBuild competition run by the Construction Industry Training Board. He was set the task of building a structure from a set drawing within a six-hour time limit, and went on to impress judges.

Tom entered the competition last year and finished third. This year he completed his fibrous moulds more swiftly and moved one place up the rankings.

He must now wait to hear whether he has won a place in the national final.

Larkfleet managing director Karl Hick said: “It is not easy to be studying and working at the same time and all of us at Larkfleet are proud of what Tom has achieved. It is a testament to the hard work he has put in.”