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Flying the flag for Bricklaying in the New Entrant Category, Jack Shakeshaft, 20, from Nantwich, impressed the judges to take second place in the competition.
Top skills from Construction students
Published: July 18, 2017

South Cheshire College students, Jack Shakeshaft and Jamie Richardson, put their skills to the test at the SkillBuild competition in Birmingham last month.

 

Flying the flag for Bricklaying in the New Entrant Category, Jack Shakeshaft, 20, from Nantwich, impressed the judges to take second place in the competition.

 

Jack said: “Having made an unfortunate wrong turn on the way there and ending up at the wrong location, I was slightly on the back foot having arrived late to the competition with not much time to review the plans. However, I soon gained momentum and got stuck in.

 

“We were given five hours to replicate an intricate design in building work, which takes time and precision. When thinking about a bricklaying competition, people expect grand structures but it was more about the complexity of the design and numerous elements that we were tasked with completing as opposed to the scale.

 

“The standard was very high so I was really pleased to gain second place, as was my boss, although given I came so close to that top spot I would have loved to have won!”

 

Jack originally completed a two year course at South Cheshire College, accomplishing his Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications in joinery and has subsequently gone on to fulfill a Bricklaying Apprenticeship, studying one day a week at the College.

 

SkillBuild is the UK’s largest construction skills competition and has been running for more than 45 years. Organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), SkillBuild brings together the very best talent in the construction sector. Competitors battle it out in a range of categories to be crowned the SkillBuild winner in their chosen craft occupation.

 

Jamie Richardson, 18 from Crewe also secured third place in the regional heats in the Carpentry New Entrant Category. “I was really chuffed to gain a top three placement and pleased that the College put me forward for the competition.

 

“The challenge was to make a miniature traditional roof, including wall plate and fascia boards, which had to be completed to the highest quality and all within six hours.

 

“I totally didn’t expect to land a top three position, as I’ve had limited practice. I was completely shocked and surprised when they announced my name but was delighted to have gained third place.”

 

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