Pupils from local schools competed in three different construction skills challenges organised by staff at Derby College.
Pupils from Merrill Academy, Murray Park Community School, Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, John Flamsteed Community School, and The Royal School for the Deaf Derby, competed in Brickwork, Painting and Decorating and Plastering challenges.
Derby College students have been flying the flag for vocational careers at the Skills Show at Birmingham's NEC – the UK's largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event.
Firstly mature student Haralds Jonans (37) clinched the silver medal in the senior Plastering competition. Haralds, from Chaddesden, came to the UK from Latvia seven years ago and is one of more than 20 deaf learners who attend Derby College – supported by signers in the workshop and in lessons.
He completed an intricate Plastering challenge over the three day competition and narrowly missed out on winning the gold medal.
Construction students at Derby College won their largest tally of medals in the regional Skillbuild competition held recently at Leicester College.
Twelve Colleges from the Midlands and Yorkshire regions entered 77 students into the different competitions which included set tasks in Brickwork, Painting and Decorating, Joinery and Plastering.