17th June 2016
The region’s National Guild of Bricklayers competition was held at York College’s new Construction & Skills Centre and the College is delighted to report that three York College apprentices were awarded first place in each category of the competition.
The competition involved bricklaying students from several regional colleges competing for a place in the National final of the competition to be held in Devon on 29th June.
The Guild of Bricklayers competition promotes and maintains the highest standards of craftsmanship in brickwork and has three categories: New Entrant, Junior and Senior levels. York College had four Level 2, CITB bricklaying apprentices competing across the categories, two of which are brothers Alex and Charlie Young:
New Entrant category:
Alex Young (aged 22) from Knottingley, employed by IR Young & Sons - Awarded 1st place
Conor Calam (aged 16) formerly of Archbishop Holgate’s School, employed by AM Builders
Junior category: Lewis Greenwood (aged 18) formerly of Tadcaster Grammar School, employed by PDS Construction - Awarded 1st place
Senior category: Charles Young (aged 20) from Knottingley, employed by IR Young & Sons - Awarded 1st place
There was an award for the most health & safety conscious competitor as well as range of trade stands and demonstrations/talks by local construction companies including Screwfix, Bosch, York Handmade Bricks, SAS Render, Elcocks, Wiha, Spear & Jackson, Get Branded (PPE), Dewalt/Stanley and Footprint.
Principal of York College, Alison Birkinshaw says: “It was a great privilege for York College to host this exciting competition and I congratulate all the participants. Competitions may be stressful, but they are also a great way to showcase talent of those training our bricklayers to build for the future and those in the competition themselves. The skills associated with construction, whether traditional or technical, are crucial to the economic health of the country but even more importantly we rely on well-trained and skilled individuals to ensure that our physical infrastructure is safe and fit for purpose.”