Highbury College bricklaying apprentice Ryan Meadows has been crowned winner of a regional guild competition.

Highbury student Ben receiving a plaque from a member of the Guild of Bricklayers

The Level 2 apprentice took home the accolade in the senior category of the Guild of Bricklayers Southern Regional Craft Competition.

This is the second year running a competitor from Highbury College has won the senior category in the event.

Ryan said: “It’s amazing to have won, I’m speechless and it’s totally unexpected. I thought it was a really good competition because it definitely tests your capability. Competitions help build your confidence for when you leave college and start up in the real world.”

This year’s southern regional heats welcomed teams from Northbrook Met, Chichester College, Fareham College, Basingstoke College of Technology and East Sussex College.

Highbury College has hosted the event two years in a row, which showcases the skills of the both full-time students and apprentices.

Advanced Trainer in Brickwork Rob Higgins said: “It’s fantastic to see so many talented students coming together to showcase their skills in a competition like this. I’m proud of Ryan and delighted that his hard work, preparation and workmanship has been rewarded. We’re now looking forward to the finals later this year.”

Along with other regional winners, Ryan will go on to compete in the Guild National Final Competition on Thursday 20th June.

This regional skills competition is made possible with the generous support of construction specialists Wienerberger, Tilgear, OX, Rollins and the Mineral Products Association (MPA).

Winners of the Guild of Bricklayers Southern Regional Craft Competition:

Senior category

  • 1st: Ryan Meadows (Highbury College)
  • 2nd: Brandon Harwood-Telfer (Chichester College)
  • 3rd: Darius Cooke (Fareham College)

Junior category

  • 1st: Rowan Martyn (East Sussex College)
  • 2nd: Callum Morton (Fareham College)
  • 3rd: Jamie Webb (Basingstoke College of Technology)

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  • Date 26/04/2019