Bricklaying championships held at York College

bircklayers competitionYoung bricklayers from the Yorkshire region got to show off their skills at the National Guild of Bricklayers competition held at York College on 17 June. As one of the main sponsors of the event, the Mitchell & Urwin team went along to support the young builders as they demonstrated their talents.

The competition saw bricklaying students from several regional colleges competing for a place in the National final of the competition to be held in Devon on 29th June.  York College had four of its Level 2 CITB bricklaying apprentices competing across the three competition categories: New Entrant, Junior and Senior Levels.

Despite competing against talented bricklayers from colleges across the region, York College’s candidates managed to scoop first place across all three categories. Two of the winners – brothers Alex and Charlie Young – work for their dad Ian Young, a Mitchell & Urwin subcontractor.  Brilliant!  The winners were:

Alex Young

New Entrant Category: Alex Young (aged 22)

Lewis Greenwood

Junior Category: Lewis Greenwood (aged 18)

Charles Young

Senior Category: Charles Young (aged 20 – brother to Alex Young)

Alex Holder, Learning Technician at York College, passed this note onto us after the event: ‘The day was a huge success, not only as the students did so well but also due to the interest, support and attendance of high calibre companies such as your own.  Once again, thank you for the trophies, your support and attending the day, it really raised the profile of the competition.’

Alex and Charlie Young

Alex and Charlie Young

One of the Mitchell & Urwin trophiesPrincipal of York College, Alison Birkinshaw said: “It was a great privilege for York College to host this exciting competition and I congratulate all the participants. Competitions may be stressful, but they are also a great way to showcase talent of those training our bricklayers to build for the future and those in the competition themselves. The skills associated with construction, whether traditional or technical, are crucial to the economic health of the country but even more importantly we rely on well-trained and skilled individuals to ensure that our physical infrastructure is safe and fit for purpose.”

Everyone at Mitchell & Urwin congratulates all those who took part, but particularly the winners.