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Cornish Apprentices Excel at Guild of Bricklayers Competition

Published: May 22, 2018

Cornwall College Camborne

Two young apprentices from Cornwall have represented the county at an annual construction competition.

Hosted by the Guild of Bricklayers in Swindon, the pair came away with heads held high.

The regional event tested their technical and practical bricklaying abilities, giving the apprentices the opportunity to perform in front of hundreds of peers and industry leaders.

Competing for Cornwall College were Thomas Wills a level 3 apprentice and Jordan Knuckey a first year level 2 apprentice, both from Camborne.

Thomas who works for Willstone Construction achieved a second place in the Senior competition, winning several hundred pounds worth of tools.

He attended the event two years ago in the junior category, and returned as a senior.

“It’s a great honour to be representing your county in something that you love doing and these competitions are a great way to indicate your skill sets against other people of similar age,” he explained.

“I really like the challenge of reading the technical plans, following the specifications and translating them into the required structure.

“Being an apprentice is for me the best route to learn.  I get to work on-site for four days a week and come to college one day a week.  Although the money isn’t great at first, once you qualify, you can start to make some decent money and with a growing construction industry there’s plenty of work.”

Cornwall College who were recognised as the number one provider of construction skills in Cornwall in a recent CITB report, have invested heavily in making sure that students have the best facilities and teaching, not to mention their wide range of industry partnerships and links, helping to boost student careers.

Jordan from P.Chapman construction received a highly commended award in a closely contested junior section.

“I currently work with Matt Sandry who won the Senior cup a few years ago and he told me about the competition.  It sounded really good and so when the opportunity came up I was really interested,” he explained.

“Fortunately I was chosen to take part and I the experience was amazing.”

Cornwall College is the number one provider of apprenticeships in the South West, offering hundreds of vacancies and arranging over 10,000 apprenticeships in the last 10 years.  It provides a dedicated apprenticeship service to both businesses and individuals.

Simon Vanstone, Course Manager, Trowel Occupations, Cornwall College Camborne said Thomas and Jordan “gave their all, before and during the competition and were a credit to both their employers and Cornwall College”.

“I am so very delighted for the two young apprentices,” he continued.

“The work we do here includes all kinds of brick, block and stone work, we’ve had tremendous success yet again at this regional competition which is testament to the courses on offer and students who want to learn a professional skill.”

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