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Jasmine paints a picture of success at prestigious construction skill olympics

Mum-to-be Jasmine Newfield is celebrating after being awarded a certificate of merit in a prestigious skills contest against students across Britain – while six months pregnant.

The Cambridge Regional College student is now waiting to hear if she is in the top eight painter and decorators in the country, for the finals in July, just weeks before her baby is due.

Jasmine, 26, whose baby is due on August 2, took part in the Skills Build contest, the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices.

She said: “We were given the competition design drawings and had from 9.30am to 3.30pm to complete it to the exact specifications.

“Once I got going it was OK. Time went pretty fast, so now just wait to hear the results.”

Jasmine has been on the Level 2 painter and decorator course for two years and says it has been a really good experience for her, after leaving school not enjoying learning.

“Coming back to college I was terrified,” she said, “But it wasn’t like school. I’ve loved it all and don’t want to leave, it’s been a really good experience for me.”

A spokesman for SkillBuild said only the best students get to compete at the event.

“The competition, delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board, is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices,” the spokesman said.

“As the biggest and longest running construction skills competition, we’re looking for skill and talent that is built to last.

“A series of competitions sees the very best compete against each other to be crowned a winner in their chosen trade.

“Much like the Olympics, as each level of competition progresses, competitors will be tested not only on their technical abilities, but on their time management, character and commitment, and the competitions can help them build their own confidence, self-esteem and life skills.”





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