A student from Stafford College has won the West Midlands’ bricklaying heat of Skillbuild in Birmingham this month.
Sam Yeomans, 17, from Gnosall, won the new entrant bricklaying competition which took place at South and City College in Birmingham.
The heat was the largest in the competition with over 100 people competing this year and contestants stepping into the arena not knowing what they would be building.
Sam had five hours to complete his project having receiving a set of drawings consisting of the plan, elevation and specification of a brickwork model built with contrasting bricks.
The West Midlands heat saw Sam beat fellow student competitors from nine colleges including South Staffordshire College and Stoke-on-Trent College.
SkillBuild has run for 45 years and is the UK’s biggest and longest running skills competition for apprentices and trainees across multiple-trades in the country.
This year, there are 14 regional heats across England, Scotland and Wales with over 1,000 people from different colleges taking part in ten different trades.
Sam is an apprentice for John Yoemans in Gnosall and is currently studying one day a week at Stafford College’s Palmbourne Technology site.
Sam Yeomans said: “I’m really happy having won the regional title, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of my tutors.
“I’ve got a few months now until the national competition and I’m going to keep working hard on improving my skills with my tutors so I have the best chance of winning in November.”
Kevin Ellement, a bricklayer lecturer at Stafford College, added: “This is a fantastic achievement for Sam and we’re proud how much he has developed since first starting with us.
“Our heat is the biggest event of the competition meaning Sam has not only gone up against the most amount of competitors but also the very best in the West Midlands – the win has put Stafford College on the map for bricklaying.”