Bricklaying Students Triumph in WorldSkills Competition

In a remarkable showcase of talent and determination, two bricklaying students from TyneMet College have secured top prizes in a prestigious WorldSkills competition. Despite facing intense challenges,  the students demonstrated exceptional skill and craftsmanship, securing 1st and 2nd place out of 21 colleges participating.
Level 2 Bricklaying student, Kenzie Gordon and Level 1 student, Steve Wiseman both travelled down to Hartlepool College on Wednesday 13th March to compete in the renowned competition. As part of the competition, students were tasked with creating intricate test models featuring decorative features similar to those in their diploma end-point assessments, but with added complexity. Additionally, participants were required to interpret and execute designs from technical drawings, adding another layer of challenge to the competition.
The victory not only showcases the students’ remarkable skills but also serves as a testament to their resilience and adaptability. Despite the intense demands of the competition, they remained focused and determined, delivering exceptional results with Steven scooping 1st place and Kenzie, coming in a close 2nd 
The triumph will have an incredible impact on the Kenzie and Steven’s future careers, as their remarkable achievement will undoubtedly enhance their CVs and support their career prospects following completion of their courses. As well as this, it also showcases the value of hands-on training and practical experience in preparing students for real-world challenges in their chosen fields.
Reflecting on the competition and the success of his students, Bricklaying tutor, Paul Wastell commented,

The standard of competition was exceptionally high, but witnessing our students emerge as standouts was truly remarkable. Their dedication and effort have rightfully earned them recognition on a national platform.

WorldSkills competitions, renowned for their role in supporting and empowering young talents worldwide, provide invaluable opportunities for participants to refine their skills and benchmark themselves against their peers on a national stage. The success of TyneMet College’s bricklaying students serves as a testament to the impact of such competitions in nurturing and showcasing talent across various disciplines.

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