Bricklaying students secure work trial after impressing competition judges
Eleven bricklaying students at South Essex College have been offered a work trial with the UK’s largest integrated brickwork, stonework and scaffolding sub-contractor, Lee Marley, after excelling in a competition.
The Level 1 and 2 students, who study at the college’s Stephenson Road Campus, were set the challenge of building a wall to a set specification in just six hours, which was then judged by representatives from the company.
Darren Parsons, from the college’s workforce team, arranged for Lee Marley to visit the college to set the task in order to put the skills the students had learnt in the workshop to the test and to showcase their abilities to a potential employer.
All of the students involved worked incredibly hard and judges had a difficult time choosing the students to offer work trials to. Not only were students judged on the quality of their work, but also other attributes that employers are keen to look for such as work ethic, timekeeping and cleanliness.
The scoring criteria had to be extremely strict to select those who the company could offer a work placement to. While not all students were able to secure work trials at this time, the judges were impressed with the students’ work and are keen to come back at a later date when further opportunities arise.
At the end of the competition, all students were presented with certificates with the top 3 – Mason Greene, Alfie Havis, and Adam Talbot – receiving prizes.
Alongside the top three, Callum Wade, Cameron Rickenberg, Thomas Palmer, Danny James, Henry Twinn, Alfie Cooke, Harrison Sargent, and Kavi Pathak also secured work trials.
Matthew Proctor, Curriculum Manager, said he was extremely proud of the students.
He said: “All of the students really gave it their all in the competition, showcasing a very high level of work. They also took a lot away from the competition, they found out where there were areas of improvement and how they can focus on areas they didn’t quite get right on the day.
“It’s great to work with employers such as Lee Marley as it helps showcase progression opportunities to students, whether that be employment or apprenticeships. It also help us better understand what employers are looking for so we can instil these skills in the workshop to better prepare our students for the world of work or further study.”
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