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21st March 2018
Former plastering student, Yagoub Juma, who fled the Sudan after witnessing the massacre of family members, was this week named UK’s young plasterer of the year after taking Gold at the UK Skillbuild final held in Birmingham’s NEC.
Yagoub, 29, arrived in Liverpool after trekking through the Middle East and North Africa for almost ten years, where he enrolled on a level 2 Plastering course at the College’s Institute of Technology on Vauxhall Road. Yagoub said: “I thank God that I arrived here in Liverpool where people have befriended me and supported me.”
SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the country for construction trainees and apprentices, and covers the ten craft occupations of bricklaying, cabinet making, carpentry, dry walling system, joinery, painting & decorating, plastering, roofing, stonemasonry and wall and floor tiling.
Yagoub has returned to College to study maths and English part time while he seeks employment as a plasterer.