Students Lay Firm Foundations At Bricklaying Competition

South Cheshire CollegeBricklaying students did their college proud after scooping silverware in a high profile regional competition.

Talented South Cheshire College duo Kyle Hickman and Josh Gregory both returned to college with trophies after taking part in the North West Guild of Bricklayers Competition 2014.

The event at Bury College attracted participants from other colleges across the North West region.

Students had to showcase their brickwork skills in a race against the clock before their work was judged by industry professionals at the event.

Bricklaying Diploma Level One student Kyle, 16, participated in the junior section of the competition while Bricklaying Level 3 student Josh Gregory, 20, represented the College in the senior section.

They were up against nine other students in each category and they received a certificate and a trophy for their efforts, despite narrowly missing out on top three spots.

The Guild of Bricklayers was founded in 1932 and aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of craftsmanship in brickwork.

It is a national organisation divided into geographical regions where local competitions, visits lectures and other activities take place.

South Cheshire College offers a range of full time bricklaying courses and also delivers apprenticeships in Construction.

Students learn key practical skills in the College’s own bricklaying workshop under the guidance of college lecturers.

Many students go on to build successful careers in the construction industry when they complete their college courses.

Chris Clews, Bricklaying Lecturer at South Cheshire College, said:
“Both students worked extremely hard and should be proud of their efforts in this prestigious competition.

The event was a stepping stone to the next regional Skill Build competition which takes place later on this year.”

For more information about bricklaying courses or other construction programmes at South Cheshire College, please call 01270 654654 or visit

Guild of Bricklayers Competition Success

Senior category participant Josh Gregory, 20, pictured in the College brick workshop with his Guild of Bricklayers trophy and certificate.