SkillBuild 2019 - Prepare To Be Inspired

At Dickies we find it important to inspire and be inspired to follow your creativity and develop the skills of creating and shaping with your hands.

SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the country and supports the skills and talents of the next generation of tradespeople.

As the main sponsor of this competition and organisation we want to put our vision into reality, and we are proud to be a part of this yearly event at WorldSkills UK Live in the NEC Birmingham.

We were there for the 2019 competitions in November, where competitors and visitors couldn’t fail to be impressed at the skills during the competition. Competitor James Digger, who won the Gold Award in Stonemasonry got into stonemasonry from visiting WorldSkills in 2011.

SkillBuild Competitor


"To be a part of this has been really good. It’s just amazing to think that hopefully I’ve inspired someone, just like they inspired me a few years ago.”
- James Digger


There was a fantastic atmosphere at the event, where students and many visitors watched competitors in trades ranging from bricklaying to carpentry, painting and decorating to plastering competing against the clock.

As part of our sponsorship of SkillBuild 2019 – as well as the SkillPLUMB, SkillELECTRIC and the APL Landscaping competitions – we created a video showcasing the young tradespeople who competed at the National Finals and explore why competitions like these are so important.

Watch our video and prepare to be inspired:


Do you know someone who’s passionate about becoming a tradesperson? Or have you inspired someone to follow in your footsteps?  Share it with us on social media using: #mydickiesworkwear