Ryan builds a bright future

An eighteen year old brickwork apprentice from Telford will compete in the final round of the UK’s largest construction skills competition next week.

Ryan Stevens will go head to head with more than 15 other young bricklayers from across the country as part of the WorldSkills 2012 competition at the Birmingham NEC arena.

“I won the Welsh heat of SkillBuild earlier this year,” said Ryan. “But this is a much harder and bigger competition.”

“I’ve been getting as much trowel time as I can, developing my skills and practicing the different techniques that I might be expected to use. I’m looking forward to the competition next week. I’m a bit nervous, but I’ll go in and give it my best.”

Richard Corbett, Programme Leader for Building and Construction at Shrewsbury College, added: “Ryan is a model student, who’s got a natural ability in brickwork. His employer, C Chetwood Building Contractors, is very supportive and the work Ryan has produced in preparation for the competition is incredibly complex. He’s doing work that is a year above his level, so even if he doesn’t win he’s done brilliantly to go this far in the competition.”

WorldSkills rewards real talent and aims to enhance levels of expertise in Apprenticeships, skills and further education. Winning students will secure a coveted place in the UK WorldSkills Squad and compete at the international stage of the competition in Leipzig, Germany next year.
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