After winning first place in the junior Guild of Bricklayers regional competition last year, Level 2 apprentice Joe Higginson has gone from strength to strength and has now gained first place in the senior category.
After displaying impressive skills during his Construction course, Bury College encouraged and supported Joe to enter the competitions, and after his win last year, Joe has gained the extra knowledge and practical skills needed to win again at senior level. He will now compete in the national final in Devon, which is an outstanding achievement.
Joe who started on Level 1 Bricklaying and then progressed on to a Level 2 Apprenticeship said “I will be going self-employed in June, and having received professional training, the competition felt like a normal day at work for me”.
Fellow student Nicholas Byrnes, a former pupil of Castlebrook High school, enjoyed his first taste of competitions when he also attended the regional competition earlier this month. As a Level 1 student, he said “The task was hard at first but it has definitely built my confidence. I learned a lot from the experience and it was a real eye-opener to the pressures we would face in the future when doing this as a career”.
Bury College Bricklaying Team Leader Andy Wales added “This was Nick’s first ever competition and he performed extremely well under the pressure and it has given him confidence to enter more competitions in the future. We are extremely proud of Joe’s and Nick’s achievements, they are a credit to the college and the profession”.
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