Talented tradespeople
    from across the country have competed in the annual national final of the Guild
    of Bricklayers, hosted by the City of Liverpool College.

    This year’s event was
    attended by over 150 people who came to see 20 finalists from across the
    country compete against each other at the City of Liverpool College’s Vaxhaull
    Road campus, to be crowned the nation’s best bricklayer.

    Founded in 1932, the
    Guild of Bricklayers aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of
    craftsmanship in brickwork.


    Following 10 regional
    heats, junior and senior finalists were challenged to compete in their
    categories for the title. The overall winners were Adam Batty of Barnsley
    College in the senior category and Tom Taylor of Wiltshire College in the
    junior category.

    Supporting competitors
    were a number of industry organisations including Wienerberger, MPA, Ox tools,
    Tilgear, Marshalltown, Stabila, Footprint and Costco.


    Kevin Harold, president
    of the National Guild of Bricklayers, said:

    “This competition is a
    fantastic opportunity for us to showcase and celebrate the incredible skill
    that we have in the industry. I’m always incredibly impressed by the standard
    that comes through the competition, in a trade which is particularly
    challenging to master.

    “I would like to
    personally congratulate all of this year’s finalists and in particular the
    deserving winners, who I’m sure will go on to do great things.”

    Elaine Bowker, principal
    of the City of Liverpool College, said:

    “It’s an absolute
    pleasure for us to have the opportunity to host this national final at The City
    of Liverpool College. There is some fantastic talent coming out of our country
    and in the North West in particular, in these trades which are facing
    ever-growing skills gaps.

    “These skills are
    essential to our economy and it’s something that we’re incredibly passionate
    about celebrating, as demonstrated by our partnership with £5 billion
    regeneration scheme Liverpool Waters and the newly launched Construction Hub
    which will help bridge the industry’s skills gap in our city region.

    “The construction
    industry plays a leading role in delivering economic growth and is essential in
    meeting the economic and social challenges that Local Enterprise Partnerships
    face, so it’s important that we celebrate the talent and passion that exists
    across the country.”