Joshua Lindley from Rotherham College won first prize in the Brick category at a recent inter-college challenge between Grimsby and Rotherham College held at Grimsby College.
For Joshua, 16, from Maltby this was his first experience in competitions after starting his Level 1 Bricklaying course in September. He was awarded tools of his trade, a brick trowel and a tape measure and also received a medal and a certificate for his achievements.
Joshua came to Rotherham College straight from Maltby Academy after obtaining good grades in his GCSEs.
When interviewed Joshua said; “I was proud to be chosen to represent the college and had no expectations of winning, I just went for the day out and the experience. I was nervous at first as wasn’t sure what I was going to be building, but they gave us all a plan to follow to build a garden wall and I just got on with it. It was such a shock when they announced I had won.”
Joe Wilde, his tutor, commented “Joshua has so much potential and just quietly gets on with the job in hand. I was really pleased with his performance and so proud he won first prize. It’s such an achievement and will prepare him for the next one which will be the Gilders Bricklayers competition later in the year when all the best learners from Yorkshire & Humberside take part. We have great expectations for Joshua.”
The Inter-college challenge between Rotherham College and Grimsby College was supported by World Skills UK, and covered a range of vocational areas from the two colleges and is an ideal opportunity to provide healthy competition as well as preparing students for further competition when entering the Regional and National World Skills UK challenges in the future.