Construction student - Mitchell

Construct Your Success: Student Starts Own Business and Prepares for World Skills UK

20 April 2022

A Rotherham College student, who has started their own business, has been selected for World Skills UK due to their impeccable construction work.

World Skills UK is an independent and partnership between education, employers and the government which aims to raise standards within apprenticeships and technical education so more young people can succeed.

Mitchell Spencer Eaton has been practicing and producing curve work, serpentine and decorative panels to train himself for the competition. He has also built a twisted decorative pillar to practice for what will be his potentially winning piece in June.

All other colleges in the region will take part in the competition, through choosing their most capable learner in the advanced section. Due to his dedication to come in on his days off and his fantastic work on his Level 3 Diploma in Bricklaying, Mitchell was selected by staff.

At the Intercollege Grimsby Competition, Mitchell competed in order to practice for World Skills UK. His fantastic work of a gate pillar during a pressure test won for best constructive piece.

Mitchell set up his own business called MSE construction, and currently works for himself as a bricklayer using his college skills. At the age of 19, he has a ready-made career once he graduates. Mitchell wants to come back to Rotherham College to gain an apprentice on his team once his company expands.

He said: ‘’It has been an amazing time here at Rotherham College and through learning advanced bricklaying techniques I have been able to start my own business.

‘’I have made so many friends here and the tutors have pushed me to better myself in every aspect of my learning. I will complete work and my tutors are always on hand to discuss my progress.

‘’I will be coming back to College for an apprentice to help other young people like me get started.’’

Joseph Wilde, Lecturer in Construction, has taught Mitchell from Level 1 all the way up to Level 3, and has developed his skills along the way.

He said: ‘’Mitchell has been a pleasure to teach, as he shows dedication in every aspect of the course, and has completed some of best brickwork we have ever had.

‘’To start his own business at the age of 19 is incredible, and he shows his maturity at college by asking important questions and seeking advice about his self-employment work.

‘’He is an amazing role model to others out there as it shows hard work and dedication can cause huge success.’’

Good luck at World Skills UK Mitchell!


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