Bricklaying Apprentice, Jack, Builds a Path into UK Finals

A bricklaying apprentice from Droitwich Spa has made it through into the national finals of a prestigious competition.

13/12/2016 - Careers

Jack Broadbent, 19, took part in the World Skills UK National Finals which was held over three days at the NEC in Birmingham.

After three days of competition, Jack, who was representing both Bloor Homes and the Heart of Worcester College, finished third and won one of three spots for progression to the UK finals of the World Skills event where he’ll compete for a place at the 2019 World Championships in Russia.

Jack said: “It was a really rewarding competition for me as the whole event was a spectacle. My family and peers came to cheer me on and I’m pleased I could do them all proud.

“The tasks that we had to complete were challenging as we had to show a range of skills, so when I found out I had made the top three, I was delighted. I’m now looking forward to competing to be the overall UK representative in Russia.”

Jack was one of eight regional winners to compete for a place in the UK finals, having won the West Midlands version of the competition in July.

The bricklayers were briefed on the night before competition started, and had three days to complete three different types of wall, showing off a variety of skills, including building a wall with a red poppy design in the centre to commemorate Armistice Day.

Following his appearance at World Skills, Jack was presented with a cordless drill by Bloor Homes construction director Jason Arnold in recognition of his hard work and achievements.

Jack joined Bloor Homes’ apprenticeship programme two years ago, starting out at the housebuilder’s Wildmore development in Worcester, before moving onto their Prestbury Chase site in Cheltenham, where he is now based.

Brent Lintin, Bricklaying Apprentice Master for Bloor Homes Western, said: “It was an honour to see one of our apprentices take part in the national finals of such a prestigious competition, and we are delighted that Jack managed to secure a place into the final round.

“I went along on the Friday to the event and brought the other apprentices with me to show our support for Jack, and to show them the success they could achieve if they match his efforts.

“We will now support Jack into the final stage of the competition, and wish him well in his pursuits for Russia 2019.”

For more information on World Skills competitions, visit www.worldskillsuk.org.