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News: Con­nor builds his way to 2nd place in region­al brick­lay­ing competition

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Apprentice bricklayer, Connor Musson, 21, has achieved second place in the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire regional heat of The Guild of Bricklayers’ annual bricklaying competition.

The nation­al com­pe­ti­tion has been run­ning since the 1970s, and sees trainees from across the coun­try bat­tle it out to impress indus­try judges with their con­struc­tion skills and abil­i­ty. Trainees are giv­en a unique struc­tur­al draw­ing which they have to inter­pret, mea­sure and build, in the allo­cat­ed time of six hours. 

Con­nor, who is from Arnold, is study­ing towards an appren­tice­ship at Not­ting­ham College’s Bas­ford cam­pus, the largest con­struc­tion train­ing cen­tre in the East Mid­lands. With his appren­tice­ship qual­i­fi­ca­tion he hopes to become a full-time brick­lay­er to gain more expe­ri­ence, but his ulti­mate goal is to run his own suc­cess­ful busi­ness in the build­ing industry. 

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The com­pe­ti­tion was a great expe­ri­ence which allowed me to show myself what I can do in a pres­sured sit­u­a­tion. It gave me the chance to test my abil­i­ties and improve upon my skills. 

I was so pleased with sec­ond posi­tion as it proved to me what I’m capa­ble of and the things I can achieve. It also gave me the chance to reflect on my work and notice where I can improve, so if I were ever to com­pete again I’d be con­fi­dent I could do even better. 

 — Con­nor

Not­ting­ham Col­lege Con­struc­tion Tutor, Paul Bacon, entered Con­nor. He said: Com­pet­ing in a pres­ti­gious com­pe­ti­tion like this is fan­tas­tic for stu­dents’ con­fi­dence and for their CV. It can be nerve-wrack­ing when your skills are put to the test, but Con­nor rose to the chal­lenge and I’m real­ly proud of him; he worked real­ly hard and exceed­ed all of my expectations.” 

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the con­struc­tion cours­es and appren­tice­ships offered at the Col­lege, please fol­low the links.

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  • 12th February 2021 (11:29 AM)
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