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Pembrokeshire College student, Luke Russell has picked up first place in the regional heats of the WorldSkills Bricklaying competition.

Held at Coleg Sir Gar, two Pembrokeshire College Level 3 Advanced Craft (Brickwork) students competed in the regional heats hoping to secure enough points to make it through to the regional final.

Luke Russell and Toby Bailey were among 12 competitors who had just six hours to produce a decorate brickwork model to plan. The completed model included a variety of decorative features on both sides to really test the future bricklayers skills including dog-toothing and four different joint finishes.

The competition was so intense that only three competitors completely finished their models within the timeframe allocated. Despite being placed first, Luke must now wait to find out if he has secured enough points to make it through to the national final.

Pembrokeshire College tutor, Peter Rogers accompanied the students and commented: “The judges were really impressed with the quality and accuracy of Luke’s workmanship. This was an incredibly technical challenge that really tested the competitors skills – both Luke and Toby worked exceptionally hard and did the College proud.”

Luke added: “Taking part in this skills competition was really challenging. Knowing how much you have to do within a limited time really makes you focus. It was hard work but a great feeling to come away with first place.”

Both Luke and Toby have progressed from Level 1 through to Level 3 at Pembrokeshire College and are now working in the trade. With the construction industry expected to continue growing, now is the perfect time to learn a trade! Visit pembrokeshire.ac.uk/courses to find out more.