Spokesperson says “unfortunate situation” that saw a second gold medal awarded following the official announcement of medals was down to “human error” and “isn’t going to happen again.”
The Roof Slating & Tiling element of the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) 2019 SkillBuild Final – part of the WorldSkills UK Live event – has once again fallen under a bit of a cloud with the news that an “admin mistake – not on the part of the judges, but in the interpretation of what they said”, has seen a second gold medal awarded, days after the official medal ceremony at the event.
At the official ceremony, as previously reported on Total Contractor, Jordan Condren of Newcastle College was awarded the Gold medal, with Joseph Osborne of Leeds College of Building picking up Silver, and David Crank of Newcastle College awarded the Bronze medal.
However, following this news, it later transpired that a further Gold medal had been awarded to Philip Houghton of Eastern Region Roof Training Group.
Total Contractor approached CITB for confirmation of the situation and how it transpired. A spokesperson stated a second Gold medal had indeed been awarded after the official ceremony and explained: “It wasn’t a judging mistake, it was an admin mistake in that it was human error, not on the part of the judges, but in the interpretation of what they said.” They continued: “The most important people in this are the two Gold medallists who clearly and understandably are upset and confused by this – we’re in touch with them and reassuring them that they are both gold medallists now, and we’re just very concerned that they’re ok about it.
“We have apologised to the guys, we want to assure them that their status isn’t affected, they are joint gold medallists.”
The spokesperson concluded: “It’s a very unfortunate situation and we’re very sorry; we’ve looked at the processes that went wrong, and this isn’t going to happen again.”