Apprentices building up skills for national competition

Construction apprentices are set to battle it out in the Lincolnshire and Nottingham heats of the Guild of Bricklayers competition, taking place at Burton and South Derbyshire College’s Construction Academy on Monday 14th March.

Nineteen talented students from 10 colleges will compete in the junior and senior categories for their chance to make the national finals, including Burton and South Derbyshire College students Ben Thomas (19) and Conor Sewell (17).

On the day, students will be presented with drawings and the budding bricklayers will then have up to six hours to reproduce a live brickwork model. All the designs will then be marked by industry judges before the winners are announced. The winning competitors will then take part in the national final later this year.

The mortar used during the competition is being supplied by a competition sponsor, the Mortar Industry Association through its producer member, Breedon Aggregates.

Burton and South Derbyshire College’s competitors, Ben and Conor, are currently honing their skills and preparing for the competition in the College’s state of the art Construction Academy.
Ben Thomas, Construction apprentice with Hardwick Construction commented: “I am really looking forward to taking part in the Guild of Bricklayers competition and have been doing a lot of complex work to practice.”

Conor Sewell, Construction apprentice with Delmead added: “I am looking forward to the experience of competing against other students. It will be a good opportunity to develop my problem solving skills. My apprenticeship allows me to learn many different skills, from digging the footings to tiling a roof. It’s really satisfying when I’ve completed a project and I can see what I’ve created.”

Kane Bramhall, Director of Curriculum for Construction at Burton and South Derbyshire College commented: “We are delighted to be hosting the regional heats of such a prestigious construction competition. The competition is designed to help construction apprentices to take their skills to the next level, producing work to meet the high standards expected in the industry under the pressure of a tight deadline. The College is committed to encouraging students to raise their aspirations and enhance their skills as they begin their careers in the construction industry.”



Conor Sewell (17), Apprentice with Delmead preparing for the Guild of Bricklayers competition.

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