Student bricklayer laying bricks

A Bricklaying apprentice has triumphed in a national skills event after coming third in the Senior Bricklaying Competition and gaining a bronze medal.

Ryan Bedson, 19, from Crewe, impressed judges at the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) annual Skill Build competition held recently at Hopwood Hall College.

The Regional Final invites 35 Colleges to put forward their best bricklaying students to compete against each other in their chosen trade.

Ryan, who is an apprentice with Crewe based builder, Chris Gould, attends specialist bricklaying apprenticeship centre, Build Skill Plus in Winsford, on a day release basis where he learns skills which he then transfers on site.  Build Skill Plus work collaboratively with Total People in delivering a range of bricklaying qualifications from the specialist bricklaying apprenticeship centre.

A delighted Ryan said: “I felt the top three were at a very high standard, I was told that only a point separated us so I was close to winning the gold medal. It was very challenging but thankfully I was able to secure a medal.”

Build Skill Plus Centre Manager, Mark Burgess, was delighted with Ryan’s recognition. “His attention to detail is first class and we are all proud of him.”

The Centre’s Curriculum Manager and Brickwork Tutor Daniel Marshall added that it was a great achievement to gain a medal of any colour at the Skill Build Senior Competition. When all the Regional competitions are complete the top 8 students with highest scores will be selected for the National Final, so Ryan is still in with a chance of being invited to the National Final if his score makes the top eight.

Well done Ryan, from everyone at Build Skill Plus and Total People!

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