In March of this year, Havering College’s Level 1 Bricklaying student, Frazer Nichols, impressed the judges with his skills and took first place in the North West London Competition. In May, Level 2 bricklayers Daniel Robins and Jordan-Lea Thorn also proved how talented they were when they won second and third places respectively in the Barking & Dagenham Brick Skills Competition. On the basis of the skills they had so clearly demonstrated, it really was a no brainer that they be entered in the Skillbuild Regional Heats. This is a competition that sees the very best in construction talent compete to be crowned the SkillBuild winner. Simply being entered into such a prestigious competition is an accolade in itself.
All three students were well prepared to take part in the biggest construction skills competition in the UK. They understood that competition would be fierce but refused to be intimidated. Their determination was driven by the fact that should they be successful, they may then be selected to join TEAM UK who would be participating in the world skills competition next year at Abu Dhabi.
Frazer, Daniel and Jordan performed impeccably on behalf of Havering College as they went head to head with some of the best apprentices around the country. It was a long and exhausting day for the students as they worked hard at deciphering complex drawing. Observers reviewed their work and made numerous positive comments, including that the quality of their work exceeded the industry standard.
It was a closely fought competition with Havering College’s Frazer Nichols coming third and winning the Bronze Medal. At only 15 years old, Frazer’s potential is very impressive. He is keen to perform as a senior and is hoping to earn a place at World Skills 2018.