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Laying the foundations at the national Skillbuild competition

Eastleigh College student and CITB Bricklaying apprentice, Zak Fullick, recently competed in the national SkillBuild competition at Chichester College, and was awarded 3rd place!

Zak, who is currently completing a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Brickwork, was nominated by CITB to take part in the competition for an outstanding demonstration of brickwork skills and competency. He attended the multi-trade regional heat at Chichester College, where he competed against other construction talent. SkillBuild is part of the wider WorldSkills competition, and sees individuals from different trades compete for medals in their category.

Commenting on his experience, Zak said, “We had 5 hours to complete the task, so I was a bit pushed for time. It definitely showed me I need to improve on my time management.”

Zak went to an A-level College before deciding to try an Apprenticeship, and thinks making the move was a great decision for him, “Apprenticeships are the way to go. I’ve been to College before, but if I’d done an Apprenticeship when I left school I’d be a lot further than I am now. It’s having the right mix between education and work which makes you keener to learn.”

For more information about the Bricklaying courses available at Eastleigh College, please visit our careers page, or call our Admissions Team on 023 8091 1299. You can also come to our next Open Event to speak to our tutors on Wednesday 15th June 5.30-7.30pm.