Young bricklayers descend on Grimsby for national competition regional final

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 9 May 2017

Young bricklayers descended on the Grimsby Institute for a regional heat of the Guild of Bricklayers annual competition.

The apprentices came from as far as South Derbyshire and Nottingham for the Notts and Lincoln regional final, that saw junior and senior level bricklayers, compete against each other in a timed challenge. It tested their abilities to correctly build a wall, to the exact specifications stated in a drawing, that they had only seen that morning.

The contestants were each tasked with building a segment of a wall within the allotted time, although failing to hit the deadline would not affect their overall mark, as the judges were primarily looking at the quality of work.

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In the overall competition there were 12 regional heats, with the winner of each going on to compete in the national final held in Derby on June 27.

There were two contestants representing Grimsby, Matthew Holmes in the Junior heat and Cameron Hockney in the Senior, although both failed to proceed to the National Final.

William Austin from Derby College won the Junior competition and the Senior challenge was won by Jack Markham from Burton and South Derbyshire College.

Employers from across the industry were also invited to watch the competition, with it being a perfect opportunity for the students and colleges to demonstrate the standard of work that each of them produce.

Martyn Graves, an independent contractor from Scunthorpe said: "It is great to be able to see apprentices have a chance to show what they are able to do, and I have been very impressed with the skills on show, and the high standard of work.

"What I would be looking for as an employer is the quality of work rather than the speed, because it doesn't matter how quickly someone gets a job done if it is not of a high standard.

"I have also noted that all of the apprentices have been very clean and kept their workplaces tidy, which is also always great to see."

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Julian Walden, of the Guild of Bricklayers was equally impressed with the quality of work that was on show saying: "The standard of work today all looks very good, especially considering that none of the students have had a chance to see the drawings that they are working on until the morning of the competition.

" The competition has been taking place since 1976, and it is a huge achievement to get your name engraved alongside all of those winners from the past, plus there is the added incentive of new tools and cash prizes as well.

"I would also like to thank our sponsors who have helped us to put the competition together, Caspian Access and Plant Hire Ltd, MKM Building Supplies, Tarmac CRH, and the Grimsby branch of FMB Federation of Master Builders."

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