Friendly rivalry was the order of the day when brothers, 19 year old Lewis and 17 year old Jordan Ireland studying Bricklaying at Warrington Collegiate took second and third places in the Bricklaying Skillbuild competition (North West region)
19 year old Lewis came to Warrington Collegiate straight from school, showing promise from the start as a talented bricklayer. From a full-time student he was taken on by Harry Fairclough as an Advanced Apprentice, so he could continue studying at Warrington Collegiate. Lewis took the third place in a tough senior category; where competition was fierce with some competitors have many years’ experience in the industry.
Lewis says, “I’m absolutely thrilled. It was an incredible experience to participate in such a prestigious industry competition. The standard of the other contestants was very high but it was great to win when up against such talented bricklayers.”
Jordan adds,” I appreciate all the time my tutors have dedicated to help me prepare for the competition. Our family has also been extremely supportive and is extremely proud of such an amazing achievement. It was a privilege to be awarded second place.”
Younger brother, 17year old Jordan followed in his brother’s footsteps, joining the college at 14 on the schools programme before becoming a full time student in September 2014. Jordan competed in the New Entrant category, narrowing beating his brother by gaining second place.
Both brothers now face an anxious wait to see if they have scored highly enough to be invited to the finals later in the year at the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham.
John Dando, Lecturer in Brickwork art Warrington Collegiate who has been preparing the brothers for the competition was delighted with a double win, saying, “Our continuing success in skills competitions is an indication not only of the skills shown by our students but also the commitment and dedication of the tutors that teach them. Jordan and Lewis are already regional winners and now have the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills at this prestigious event as they bid to be crowned national champions.”
Peter Jones, Curriculum Manager for construction adds, “Skillbuild is an amazing showcase for the wide variety of skills and talent we have in this country. We need to champion our skills and inspire young people to make their own mark on industries ranging from construction to engineering and Forensics. Creating a highly skilled nation will lead to economic growth and improve the prospects and reputation of Britain as a world leader.”
Students can find out more about wide variety of Vocational Courses, Apprenticeships, Higher Education and Professional Qualifications on offer at Warrington Collegiate by visiting the Open Evening and Skills Show on Monday 22 June, 5-7pm.