Bloor Homes apprentice Jake Newbold-Shankland cements place in national bricklaying final

Bloor Homes apprentice Jake Newbold-Shankland will compete in the national final of the Guild of Bricklayers competition after taking first place in the West Midlands' regional contest in Birmingham.

The 21-year-old, who is based at the housebuilders' Brooklands development in Stoke, will now compete for the overall prize in Derby on June 21.

Shankland, who attends Stoke on Trent College, saw off competition from eight fellow apprentices during a six-hour bricklaying contest.

He said: “It was a great feeling to win the regional competition and I’m very excited about going forward to the national final, where the competition will undoubtedly be tough.

“Competitions like this are very mentally and physically demanding so I’m thrilled to have done so well.

“I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship with Bloor Homes. I feel like I have learned so much and I can’t wait to progress my career and maybe one day become a site manager.”

Shankland’s victory follows the success of fellow Leicestershire-based Bloor Homes apprentice Kieran Allen, who finished third in a bricklaying competition held at Stoke on Trent College.

The 22-year-old, who is also based at the Brooklands development, said: “All of the students performed really well, but I felt prepared enough to meet the criteria and I’m pleased with third place.

“My whole apprenticeship has been really beneficial and I’ve learnt a huge amount from my colleagues at work and by participating in events like this. It’s always good to test yourself and see how your skills and attention to detail compare to others.”

Andy Ward, construction director at Bloor Homes North West, said: “We are immensely proud of Jake and Kieran. These achievements are a just reward for the hard work and dedication they have shown during their three years as apprentices with us.

“Our apprenticeship scheme provides a fantastic opportunity for talented, hard-working and enthusiastic young people to learn the skills and qualities they will need to enjoy a successful career in the housebuilding industry, and it’s great that Jake and Kieran have grabbed that opportunity with both hands.

“Competitions like this play an extremely important role in our apprentices’ development and we wish Jake all the best for the national final in June.”

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