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Construction Unit success at Guild of Bricklayers regional heat

Launceston College Construction Unit once again crowned one of highest performing construction colleges at the Guild of Bricklayers Western competition.  The competition is a high profile construction colleges from Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Wiltshire were represented at the regional heat. 

Launceston College achieved the top two places in all categories – Schools link Year 10, Schools link Year 11 and Senior.  In Year 10 and Year 11 inter-schools competition Jack Pannell achieved 1st place with Isaac Haynes picking up an impressive second place.   In the senior competition, Sam Rickard fought in a highly competitive final, but the judges were so impressed with the top scores for the build and awarded Sam a place in the national final.    Launceston College was the only college represented who picked up a top prize in each of the categories.  This success builds last year’s 1st place in the  NVQ pairs, won by Scott Darke and Nathan Godby, which is a heat no longer run by the Guild.

For the competition the learners had to build a brickwork model, which included a decorative feature, to industry standards.  Competitors had five hours to complete a piece of feature brickwork and were judged on speed, accuracy and overall appearance.

Mike Goodman, Construction leader said:

“All the competitors in each section produced work of the highest standard, so this is has been a major achievement for all students involved and recognition that our center is consistently producing lads that can work to these exacting standards. I am so proud of them all. They (students) are a credit to themselves and the College.”

Trevor Brittain, Head of Vocational Faculty said:

All students put on a fantastic display of their skills during the regional competition and we are very proud of all the boys for picking up the winning trophies on the day. The Guild of Bricklayers competitions are designed to find the very best brickwork students from across the country and we will all be supporting them to compete in the final in June.  The amazing achievement of each of the students who participated is down to the high quality provision that the college’s construction unit is renowned for and particularly the hard work and commitment of Mike Goodman to turn out exceptionally talented bricklayers.

The Guild of Bricklayers final will take place at West Downs College in Eastbourne in June, where Sam will be representing the College to achieve best bricklayer in the UK.

The College also had a magnificent representation at the CITB Skillbuild this year in Plymouth, being represented by Connor Burtonwood and Luke Cornish, who turned out a great build against some of the strongest competitors ever seen in this competition.