Brickwork apprentice Jack takes second place at SkillBuild North West

Talented brickwork apprentice Jack Bircham is celebrating after being recognised as one of the best in the north west at the annual SkillBuild Competition (North West region).

The 19-year-old, from Woolston, came second in the competition after narrowly missing out on winning the new entrant category.

“Being able to take part in SkillBuild was such a fantastic experience and an incredible opportunity that I would not have had if it wasn’t for Warrington Collegiate and my employer,” said Jack.

“It was an honour to be included amongst the best bricklayers in the north west. I have never taken part in anything like SkillBuild before – I’m really proud of coming second in the regional heat.”

SkillBuild takes place each year and is organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).It sees young construction apprentices from across the country battle it out in their chosen trade, with skills including bricklaying, carpentry & joinery and painting & decorating all being put to the test.

Jack, a former University Academy Warrington pupil, has already gained a great deal of experience in the industry, putting the skills he has learned at Warrington Collegiate to good use with his apprenticeship at Taylor Wimpey.

He added: “I am really enjoying my apprenticeship with Taylor Wimpey and everything I’ve been learning at the college is helping me to become a better bricklayer. I’m developing skills and techniques here that will set me up for the future.

“My dream is to become a site manager and I feel confident that I will achieve that goal thanks to my time at Warrington Collegiate and my apprenticeship with Taylor Wimpey.”

Carl Atherton, lecturer in brickwork, said: “Being involved in SkillBuild is a fantastic achievement for Jack and shows just how much hard work and dedication he puts into his trade. To finish second in his category, during his first ever competition, is incredible and something he should be very proud of.

“Jack has worked incredibly hard throughout his time with us at the college and during his apprenticeship with Taylor Wimpey. I have no doubt that he will go on to great things and will reach his goal of becoming a site manager in the future.”

Carl added: “Here at Warrington Collegiate, we pride ourselves on encouraging young people to develop their skills and craftsmanship – Jack is a shining example of what can be achieved and is everything an apprentice should be.”

To find out more about the exciting range of brickwork and construction courses at Warrington Collegiate, visit our open evening on Tuesday 9th May, 5-8pm.