Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd November, NEC Birmingham saw the grand final of WorldSkills UK 2019 Live. The UK’s largest skills showcase brought together various trade exhibitions as well as the nation’s top performing students, competing against one another in a battle of craftsmanship and success.
We were thrilled to have Brooklands College apprentices Zak Kharbouch (NVQ3 apprentice) and Luke Neville (NVQ3 Lee Marley Brickwork apprentice) take part in finals. They succeeded in qualifying through tough regional heats and gained merit scores in the process. The pair only just missed out on the top 3 medals, however, they are ranked as 2 of the 8 best brickwork apprentices in the UK!
“The apprentices found it very challenging, but at the same time, very rewarding,” says Christian Hatherall-Good, Head of Construction at Brooklands College. “They gave 100% – I’m so very proud of them. They’re a credit to Brooklands College, the bricklaying department, their employers and their sponsors.”
The brickwork apprentices did the college proud, from concept to build, producing a clever architectural display. The trio of freestanding structures included a brickwork wall with a bullseye circular hole in the center, a “2019” brickwork design piece and a spaceship on the moon block display to commemorate 60 years of the moon landing.
WorldSkills UK aims to help young people go further, faster by nurturing the development of hands-on industry experience which employers look out for.
Why study brickwork at Brooklands College? Our staff and students have a high level of both passion and dedication. We are pleased to have such supportive sponsors and industry relations to provide us with the latest high quality tools for our bricklayers. Students also benefit from our up-to-date technology and teaching methods, not to mention the numerous awards and endless possibilities in their hands!