Apprentice bricklayer proves hes the top level

Date: Thursday 06 April 2017

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Our East Scotland team is thrilled with the progress that 22-year-old apprentice bricklayer Jed Smith is making as the young apprentice adds a further industry award to his string of wins over the past two years.

This rising star, of Easthouses in Dalkeith, has won first place in the Bricklaying WorldSkills UK National Qualifiers Competition 2016, placing him as number one in Scotland with his award recognised at a ceremony at The City of Glasgow College recently.

WorldSkills UK Competitions bring together apprentices and students from across the country to compete to be the best in their chosen skill. Designed by industry experts, the competitions assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria. Competitions enable apprentices and students to develop world-class skills.

This latest award for Jed’s bricklaying skills follows a string of industry accolades over the last two years which includes winning the CITB Senior Brickwork Skillbuild 2016; securing the ‘Best 1st Year Brickwork Apprentice’ following the completion of his first year of training and apprenticeship at Edinburgh College, and first place in the 1st year apprentice bricklayer category at Skillbuild 2015.

He is one of our rising stars and securing this recognition of his consistency and quality of workmanship sets him apart as one of the best apprentice bricklayers in Scotland.

Currently based at our Almond Park in Musselburgh, Midlothian, bricklayer Jed’s latest success continues to recognise his commitment, dedication and workmanship to both the company’s apprenticeship programme and his college work.

He secured a four-year Modern Day Apprenticeship with our East Scotland business unit following his participation in the ‘Get into Home Building’ pilot programme that ran at Edinburgh College in August 2014.

Winning this award is just part of the day job as Jed adds: “I’m really delighted to have won first place in the Bricklaying WorldSkills UK National Qualifiers 2016 Competition. I do enjoy the competition aspect of the trade because it allows you to see the progress that you’re making, and it gives you the chance to benchmark yourself against the best people that are training in the industry. I’ve always been around the construction industry but it’s exciting to know that I’m now playing my part in it!

“My apprenticeship with Taylor Wimpey East Scotland is such an amazing opportunity. I’m looking forward to using competitions like this to continue to test myself and to be the best that I can be whilst progressing to the next level with my trade.”

Martyn Campbell, Production Director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, says: “We’re delighted to see first-hand the very high standard of work that Jed produces for us here in the region on a daily basis, and we’re thrilled that he’s won a further external award and recognition for his talent which highlights his potential to continue to grow and succeed in this industry.

“Jed is a real talent and he makes a very important contribution to our business. We are keen to continue our support for both him and other young people who are keen to be the future of the construction industry to make sure that we maintain a good flow of talent into each of the trades of our business.

“I hope that securing this recognition in the Bricklaying WorldSkills Competition will continue to inspire him, and others like him, to fulfil their ambition to play a key role in the construction industry.”