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Bricklayer Liam proves he’s the Best!

Brickwork apprentice Liam McGinley from NPTC Group of Colleges has been crowned best young bricklayer in Wales for the second year running at the regional heat of the Guild of Bricklayers’ Competition.

Liam McGinley, from Port Talbot, who is studying brickwork at Neath College took first place in the ‘Senior Wales Section’ of the competition organised by the Guild of Bricklayers at Coleg Cambria’s Wrexham Campus. Liam won the Junior Wales Competition only a year ago.

The Guild was founded in 1932 with the aim of promoting and maintaining the highest standards of craftsmanship in brickwork across the UK. It has staged thirteen regional heats across the UK.

Phil Vine Roberts, President of the Guild of Bricklayers, presented Liam with a trophy and a selection of tools relevant to his trade. Liam will now go onto the final which will be held at Derby College at the end of June.

 Ian Lumsdaine, Head of the School of Construction and Built Environment, was delighted with Liam’s win and said:

 ”NPTC Group of Colleges has the largest construction department in Wales of any education provider in Wales and we work with the sector to ensure the skills our students develop are relevant and meet the needs of industry.

To have a student demonstrate such exceptional skill at a prestigious competition like this is fantastic but to achieve the same result a year later is simply outstanding; it is testament to the hard work and dedication of Liam and his brickwork lecturers.

Last year Liam reached second in the National Junior final, hopefully he can go one better and win the Senior UK Final – Good Luck Liam!.’’


Pic Caption: Liam receiving his trophy from Phil Vine Roberts, President of the Guild of Bricklayers.


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