St Modwen to sponsor WorldSkills UK Bricklaying Competition

St Modwen has announced it will sponsor the WorldSkills UK Bricklaying Competition for 2021, which sees young people compete to become the UK’s best bricklayer.


The competition — run in partnership with SkillBuild — assesses an individual’s technical, personal and employability skills against set criteria in a timed environment.

The WorldSkills UK Competition-based training programmes are designed by industry experts to raise standards in apprenticeships and technical education.

Participants who excel in the national qualifiers in bricklaying will be invited to take part in the national finals, which will take place in November. 

The winner will be crowned the UK’s best bricklayer at a national celebration event.

Individuals who excel at the WorldSkills UK national finals can be selected to join the organisation’s UK International Training and Development programme, with the possibility of being chosen for team UK and the chance to represent their country on the global stage at WorldSkills, where they will compete with rivals from over 80 countries.

Dee Aylett-Smith, head of national competitions and careers at WorldSkills UK, said: “St Modwen’s commitment to helping young people starting in the construction industry to develop the skills needed for today’s rapidly changing workplace requirements is a perfect match with our Bricklaying competition. 

“We believe that by working together we can help more young people in the construction industry achieve excellence at work.” 

“It’s not just the technical skills the training programme and competition addresses, it’s also about developing the employability skills such as reliability, teamwork, time management and communications that employers value so highly.”

Dave Smith, managing director of St Modwen, commented: “As a business we strive for excellence in everything we do and have a strong track record of promoting skills during people’s early careers. 

“That’s why we are proud to be supporting this important competition, getting the message out there to apprenticeships and students across the UK that our industry celebrates brilliance and offers great opportunities.”

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