Students rewarded in brickwork competition

Students from Hugh Baird College’s level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying took part in a competition this week to test the skills they’ve learned during the first term of their course.

With a 98% turnout for competition, the standard of the brickwork shown was extremely high. Following a demonstration from their tutor, Bill Parkes, the students were tasked with copying his construction of an ‘attached pier with return’ using fifty bricks. The finished entries were judged and scored by tutor Paul McHugh who said:

“It was extremely close for 1st and 2nd place because the standards from all of the students was so high.”

First prize went to Ron Smith, with Liam Walsh taking the second prize, whilst Lee Burke and Anthony Atkinson came third and fourth. An additional award for the most improved student went to Joseph Murphy.

Presenting the certificates and prizes, Director of Curriculum for Construction and Engineering, Paula Rowland, congratulated the students on their work ethic and was impressed with how far they’ve come in such a short space of time.

As well as being a bit of fun and a good indication of how their skills are coming along, the project also gave students some valuable experience in preparation for the competitions they may enter as they progress through their course. For some, this could include the UK’s largest multi-trade competition, SkillBuild. With eleven prize winners from Hugh Baird College in last year’s SkillBuild heats, our level 1 students have plenty of role models to aspire to.

If you would like to find out how to build your career in construction, speak to the Student Advice Team on 0151 353 4444 about our courses from brickwork and carpentry and joinery, to tiling and painting and decorating, or visit our Construction page.