Tommy Walsh joins Barking and Dagenham College construction students for open day

Tommy Walsh with students Dav Hancock and and Ross Walker

Tommy Walsh with students Dav Hancock and and Ross Walker - Credit: Archant

Students showed off their talents, from plumbing to plastering, and received prizes from celebrity builder Tommy Walsh at a college open day.

Tommy Walsh with students taking part in a construction competition at Barking and Dagenham College,

Tommy Walsh with students taking part in a construction competition at Barking and Dagenham College, - Credit: Archant

Inspiration 2013 was held at Barking and Dagenham College yesterday to kick start National Apprentice Week, highlight the number of training opportunities available and showcase the skills of construction trade students.

There were a number of ‘have a go’ activities, student demonstrations, talks by industry leaders, and a series of skills competitions in trades such as plumbing, carpentry, bricklaying and plastering.

Walsh, from BBC’s Groundforce, dropped in to present prizes to the winners.

He said: “It’s been a real honour to be able to come and see so many students who have decided to take up the challenge and get into the construction industry.

“This is a great way to highlight the many career opportunities the industry can provide and judging by the talent I’ve seen today, I’m sure these young adults have fantastic career opportunities ahead of them.”