A Moreton Morrell College apprentice has followed in his father’s footsteps by winning the regional Guild of Bricklayers junior competition and becoming officially the best at bricklaying in the West Midlands.
Connor Keyte, 17, from Southam is currently studying Level 2 Brickwork at Moreton Morrell College and is an apprentice at Noralle Country Homes. He impressed the judges to beat the competitors from other West Midlands colleges to lift the trophy at the competition, which took place at Bournville College. Brian Medcraft, a Level 2 Brickwork Apprentice from Rugby College came second in the same competition.
The Guild of Bricklayers was founded in 1932 with the aims of promoting and maintaining the highest standards of craftsmanship in brickwork. The competition involved the students undertaking a five hour brickwork test which was then judged by industry professionals.
Connor received a trophy and shield as well as a selection of equipment, and will go on to represent the West Midlands in the national final which takes place in Derby in June. Connor said, “It was the first time I had done a competition, so I was a bit nervous beforehand, but as soon as we were given the task I was quite confident. I tried not to look at the other competitors work and just concentrate on what I was doing.
“I was happy with how mine turned out but we had to wait an hour for the result, which was nerve-wracking. When they read my name out as the winner I was really pleased.
“Everyone was really proud when I told them – my dad won the same award when he was younger so I’m definitely following in his footsteps!”
Will Dewes, Macaulay’s brickwork lecturer at Moreton Morrell College said, “This is a great achievement for Connor – we’re really proud of him. Competitions are very challenging because of the pressure, but Connor coped with this really well. We wish him the very best of luck in the final.”
WCG offers a range of brickwork and construction courses. For further information, go to www.wcg.ac.uk or call 0300 456 0049.