AYRSHIRE College bricklaying students have built up an excellent reputation for themselves after impressing judges in a McLaughlin & Harvey-sponsored competition.
McLaughlin & Harvey are the contractors behind the college’s new campus development at Kilmarnock, and for the contest they challenged eight students at the Nethermains campus to each build their own six brick-high wall.
The group worked hard at the task all day with the competition tough to call for judge, Phonsie Taggart, McLaughlin & Harvey’s contracts manager.
In the end, though, Conner Beggs – who was celebrating his 21st birthday on competition day – came out on top, with Ryan Brown finishing as runner-up and Conor Sinclair third.
Conner’s prize for triumphing in the contest was a brand new toolkit presented by McLaughlin & Harvey representatives, while college staff laid on two consolation tool bag prizes for Ryan and Conor.
Fellow competitors Paul Breen, Karen Graham, Cameron Greyson, Cameron Mackay and Jordan Robertson were each presented with certificates of achievement to mark the occasion, as they played their part in an even contest.
Conner, from Kilbirnie, said: “It was a long day, it was draining, but obviously the result is great! Winning this makes me feel that I can achieve more than I think I can. I’m proud of my accomplishment.”
Phonsie said: “For students that have been in-house and not had the chance to go onto sites, they are doing very well. The standard today has been great.”
Construction lecturer at Ayrshire College, Alan Brown, said: “The students have really risen to the challenge. The walls have been built to a high standard and I’m glad I did not have to choose the winner today.”
Ayrshire College is running an ‘Introduction to Bricklaying’ course at their Ayr campus this January and there are still spaces available.
To apply, visit their website www.ayrshire.ac.uk.
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