Joe Ellis – L2 Bricklaying apprenticeship

Brickwork student, Joe Ellis won the 2018 National Guild of Bricklayers competition and is now building solid foundations to starting a lucrative career in the trade.

Joe progressed quickly through the Level 2 Brickwork apprenticeship and was asked if he would be interested in representing the College at the prestigious Guild of Bricklayers competition to compete against other practicing labourers from colleges across Yorkshire. Tutor, Liam Madden said: “It was clear from an early stage that Joe had really good trowel skills and a work ethic to suit, he was the ideal candidate for the brickwork competition”.

All the hours of training and hard work Joe put in to prepare for the competition paid off and, in May 2018, Joe won the Guild of Bricklayers competition at Doncaster College.

Joe said: “I found the competition challenging and nerve racking. But, when I got used to the environment, and got my head down using the knowledge and skills that I’ve learned from working on site and from my tutor in college, I worked hard and it paid off.”

Joe has completed his Level 2 Brickwork course and is now working on Level 3 models, as well as training for this year’s Guild of Bricklayers competition.

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Trade Academy at Calderdale College

Calderdale College is the largest provider of further education and apprenticeships in Calderdale, as well as the sole provider of higher education. Its state of the art facilities include the new Trade Academy, designed to give students the best possible experience and gain the skills they need to join a well-paid, exciting and rewarding career in construction.

The Trade Academy’s wide range of employer-responsive courses offer students a wealth of career pathways and are all taught by college tutors that have years of trade experience and industry skills. Many of the Trade Academy courses guarantee a work placement with an employer including; British Craft Trade, City & Guilds and Yorkshire Timber.