Stafford College brick student wins Skillbuild West Midlands competition

Stafford College brick student wins Skillbuild West Midlands competition

Sam Yeomans wins Skillbuild competetion

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.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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