Chris pipped at the post after close competition

Chris (right) is pictured with winner Kane Bisset.
Chris (right) is pictured with winner Kane Bisset.

Webster’s High School was pipped for first place in a one-day construction competition recently at D&A College.

Around 100 school pupils take part in the D&A College skills for work course which offers experience of brickwork, electrical, joinery, painting, plastering, and plumbing as well as developing employability skills.

Six schools from across Angus and Dundee were represented at the one-day construction competition when the best pupils enrolled on course congregated at the Arbroath Campus to show off what they had learned in session 2014-15.

Webster’s pupil Chris Rennie just missed out on first place after an independent assessor had to be called in when he and Kane Bisset, from Brechin High School, amassed identical scores in a day which tested their skills in joinery and painting and decorating.

Chris was presented with a runners-up medal and a £30 gift voucher.

The course is delivered to 15 and 16-year-olds over four periods each week, with some pupils coming into college and, in some cases, lecturers visiting the various schools.

Colin Johnson, course leader, said: “The competition is sponsored by the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee, and we are very pleased to have their support. There are several national competitions for construction apprentices but very little in the ‘early years’ group that are interested in this as a career.”