The winners of Skill Build Competition visit our natural slate quarries!

leeds college of building competition cupa pizarras

Skill Build Competition is the UK’s largest and longest running multi-trade competition with students competing in roof slating, carpentry, joinery, plastering, drywall systems… It is run by CITB and its main goal is to find the very best construction talent in the country.

A real opportunity to enhance slating skills

Roofing students from Leeds College of Building took all three top places in the roofing competition! William Emerton, Harry Pennock and Harry Hillam-Thompson took first, second and third places respectively.

As a result of their achievement, they won a trip to Spain to view slate production at CUPA PIZARRAS’ quarries.

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Chris Messenger, the student tutor for slating at Leeds College of Building, says:

Working with industry keeps our students updated on all the latest products, this is vital for their development. By taking this approach, it raises the opportunities for the students to enhance their skills.

The trip for the winning students to visit CUPA PIZARRAS in Spain motivates all the students, especially for the following years allocation of new and year 1 & 2 students.

All the students benefit from the support of CUPA PIZARRAS and also the tutors get to see the rewards, with the quality of workmanship the students are producing.

students leeds college of building at cupa quarry in spain

And today was the day! They visited the largest slate quarry in the world, named Las Arcas and located in San Pedro de Trones (León, Spain). Once in one of ours transformation warehouse factories, they had the opportunity to find out how natural slate is produced.

We hope they enjoyed their visit and we wish them a very success future!


CUPA PIZARRAS leads the world in slate production. Our 20 quarries and 24 processing plants combine the latest technology with our traditional know-how and craftsmanship. Besides, one out of two slates for roofing and covering facades in the world have our name written on them.

We have been producing and commercializing slate since 1892 and more than 98% of our production is exported to more than 60 countries throughout five continents.

So, when looking for a natural slate producer, there is no better choice that CUPA PIZARRAS.