Student bricklayers look to build on recent success at regional skills competition

9 June 2017

Two bricklayers from the College are hoping to build on a recent victory at the Suffolk Show by gaining more success at a regional skills competition.

Sam Stone and Scott Claydon won first prize in a bricklaying competition that is annually held at Trinity Park during the county show.

This is the fourth time in five years that learners from Easton and Otley have scooped first prize in this (bricklaying) competition. The level two learners were competing against learners who are currently on level three courses.

They will now represent the college in an event called SkillBuild that will take place at the College of West Anglia in Kings Lynn on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

If successful at this event, they may gain a place at a national final that will take place later in November at the NEC in Birmingham.

Scott Claydon from Martlesham – who also recently received the National Federation of Builders top apprentice of the year for Suffolk in level two in bricklaying – said, “We scored the most marks, our work was neat and tidy and I was shocked and pleased to win. I wasn’t expecting it. It has boosted my confidence at work and at college.”

Sam Stone, from Harwich, said, “There was a bit of pressure but the camaraderie between other colleges was good. I’m looking forward to the next challenge in Kings Lynn later this month.”

Programme area leader for construction at the Otley campus of the college, Gavin Loose, said, “I’m chuffed for Scott and Sam. They did brilliantly against tough opposition. Our students consistently achieve great things every year in competitions. Therefore, we are hopeful for more success at SkillBuild.”

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