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Bricklaying students compete in inter-college competition

Students studying on the Brickwork Trowel Trades Diploma at City of Oxford College travelled to Brooklands College in Surrey on 14 April to take part in the annual inter-college construction competition. 

Construction students from a number of colleges across the UK showcased their talents to a panel of industry judges.

Last year the competition focused primarily on bricklaying but this year students were also invited from carpentry and joinery and painting and decorating programmes.

Taghi Mortazavi and Martynas Jakomas represented City of Oxford College, narrowly missing out on a place on the podium to join eventual winner Joe Ritchie from Brooklands College.

The event sponsorship from the construction industry was overwhelming and the prizes donated gave all of the students the enthusiasm to do their best. 

Student Taghi Mortazavi commented: “It was a good experience for me and there were loads of prizes to be won too, with lots of companies involved that inspired me to work harder and to look for a company to work for and to gain an apprenticeship”.

Martynas Jakomas commented “I had a really good experience. I learnt lots of new skills from watching the different students and how they do things which was a real eye opener. It has inspired me to look for an apprenticeship, and hopefully I would like to compete again as it has taught me not to rush and to take my time, not to panic and to absorb the pressure that’s placed on me”

Nathan Dilkes (Construction tutor) commented on the achievement of his students “I am extremely proud of the boys, they both did the college extremely proud and also they should be proud of themselves. I didn’t quite realise how much it meant to them until the judges gave there verdicts and they didn’t come in the top 3 as I could see how much it meant to them but they are both winners for entering the competition”.

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