Wienerberger, the world's largest producer of bricks has donated over 33,000 stock and wirecut bricks in a range of complementary and contrasting colours to this year’s SkillBuild competition.
The largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices, SkillBuild covers a wide range of crafts including bricklaying, cabinet making, carpentry, dry walling systems, joinery, painting and decorating, plastering, roofing, stone masonry and wall and floor tiling. The competition is run by CITB-ConstructionSkills with the endorsement of WorldSkills, competition managers for the bi-annual WorldSkills competition framework.
Following a series of regional heats, the highest scorers were invited to the SkillBuild national final held over three days at the Leeds College of Building. Competitors produced work based as accurately as possible from drawings that are unveiled at the start of the competition. The winner of the bricklaying category was Chris Taylor, a trainee currently studying at Preston College.
Wienerberger was among those manufacturers who donated bricks to each of the four regional heats and the finals.
Simon Pearson, Wienerberger’s director of sales, brick, said such support was an essential part of the company’s commitment to the industry. He said: “The SkillBuild competition is a fantastic opportunity for trainees and apprentices to showcase their talent and bricklaying abilities. It is vital that we invest in training the next generation of bricklayers whose skills will be so important for the future success of the industry. Particularly during difficult economic conditions, we are pleased here at Wienerberger that we can continue to support this competition.”
Wienerberger has also provided support for the Guild of Bricklayers 2011 annual student showcase with the donation of 59,000 bricks to both the competition heats and finals this summer.