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Fareham College hosts Guild of Bricklayers Southern Region Skills Competition

Posted by Stephanie Broad | April 24, 2016 | Events

The 2016 Guild of Bricklayers Southern Region Skills Competition was held at Fareham College recently, with students Luke Mayberry and Sam Turner from the college competing for top prizes for their construction talents.

Colleges from across the area took part, including Highbury College, City College Southampton, Fareham College, Chichester College, Northbrook College and The Isle of Wight College. Competitors had five hours to complete a piece of feature brickwork and were judged on speed, accuracy and overall appearance. Junior competitors had to produce an arch, while senior competitors built a feature panel.

Head of Construction at Fareham College, Lorne Richardson, said: “This is the Construction department's first year based within newly refurbished workshops here on the Bishopsfield Road campus at Fareham College and we are delighted to mark the occasion by hosting this prestigious competition. The competition really tests the students’ abilities and we are proud that our entrants made their mark in both junior and senior competitions.'  

The Guild of Bricklayers is a national organisation that aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of craftsmanship in brickwork. It is divided into geographical regions where local competitions such as this week's regional heats, workshops and lectures take place to promote innovation, quality and best practice in bricklaying. 

The competition's judges commented on the high quality of work in all the categories and that all the learners involved should be commended for their evident skill, technique and dedication to their craft.  

Students competing in the challenge

Principal of Fareham College, Nigel Duncan, said: “We are both proud and privileged to be hosting this year’s bricklaying skills competition and we have witnessed some of the most talented and skilled young technicians in the Southern region compete for the coveted prizes of Southern Junior and Senior Bricklayer of the Year. Bricklaying is a craft, an art and a science rolled into one incredible skillset that should never be underestimated. Few occupations can claim to be able to create a functional, sometimes spectacular, piece of work than can last for many lifetimes whilst gracefully growing more attractive with age. The fact that the entrants are competing at this level is testament to their skill and aptitude – many congratulations to today’s winners and to all those who took part.” 

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