12 February 2021
Apprentice bricklayer, Connor Musson, 21, has achieved second place in the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire regional heat of The Guild of Bricklayers’ annual bricklaying competition.
The national competition has been running since the 1970s, and sees trainees from across the country battle it out to impress industry judges with their construction skills and ability. Trainees are given a unique structural drawing which they have to interpret, measure and build, in the allocated time of six hours.
Connor, who is from Arnold, is studying towards an apprenticeship at Nottingham College’s Basford campus, the largest construction training centre in the East Midlands. With his apprenticeship qualification he hopes to become a full-time bricklayer to gain more experience, but his ultimate goal is to run his own successful business in the building industry.
He said: “The competition was a great experience which allowed me to show myself what I can do in a pressured situation. It gave me the chance to test my abilities and improve upon my skills.
“I was so pleased with second position as it proved to me what I’m capable of and the things I can achieve. It also gave me the chance to reflect on my work and notice where I can improve, so if I were ever to compete again I’d be confident I could do even better.”
Nottingham College Construction Tutor, Paul Bacon, entered Connor. He said: “Competing in a prestigious competition like this is fantastic for students’ confidence and for their CV. It can be nerve-wracking when your skills are put to the test, but Connor rose to the challenge and I’m really proud of him; he worked really hard and exceeded all of my expectations.”
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