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Bricklaying Apprentices Competition

West Herts College and Together Training apprentices both finished in the top 3 of the SkillBuild Southern heats competition.

The competition, which was held at the College of West London, is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices.

Ashley Banner, a West Herts College apprentice who works for Flahive Brickwork, claimed the runner-up spot in the Advanced Bricklaying Level 3 category, a fantastic achievement considering he’s currently completing a Level 2 apprenticeship. Ashley’s score was so high that he might be selected to compete in the nation-wide competition.

Ashley said: “It was a great feeling having my work so highly rated by the judges. It was a huge learning experience and something I can use going forward in my career.”

Christian Moore, a Taylor Wimpey and Together Training apprentice, finished in third place which was another great result. 

Christian said: “I’m delighted with this achievement. It was a lot of hard work but it was definitely worth it. I’ll add this to my CV and hopefully it’ll make me stand out from other candidates when applying for jobs in the future.”

Bricklaying apprenticeships have been part of West Herts College provision for just over two years and, with strong local employer links, these competition results display the continuous development of the programme.

Eddie Williams, Building Services tutor, said: “The SkillBuild competition is a great opportunity for our apprentices to demonstrate their professional skills and behaviours that they have gained at college and in the workplace. Competing against colleges from London and the South East was a tough task, so it was fantastic to pick up a second and third place finish.”

Find out more about our apprenticeships here.