Northbrook student in national bricklaying final

Rhys Mathews receives his award
Rhys Mathews receives his award

A Northbrook College construction student has reached the Guild of Bricklayers national final after winning his regional heat.

Rhys Mathews, 17, is studying for a level one diploma in bricklaying.

The junior competition saw students working for five hours to complete a piece of feature brickwork.

Nathern Warchol from City College Southampton came in second place and Luke Maybery from Fareham College, where the competition was held, was third.

Mick Didcote, Northbrook brickwork tutor, said: “We are very proud of Rhys and his achievements. The competition was tough and he produced some excellent work.

“I would like to thank the hosts for their friendliness and hospitality. It was just a great day.”

The Guild of Bricklayers is a national organisation that aims to promote and maintain the highest standards of craftsmanship in brickwork.

In the junior competition, the students had to produce an arch and were judged on speed, accuracy and overall appearance.

Rhys will now automatically gain entry into the national finals at North Devon College in June.

Chichester College bricklayer Henri Couch, 20, took first place in the senior competition.

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