Cymoedd Construction learners rise to the challenge


A group of Level 1 Diploma Construction learners went head to head in a ‘Freshers’ competition held at the Aberdare campus. The competition is the first internal Construction competition held at the new campus and was the result of a conversation between the tutors to provide the learners with an opportunity to put their skills to the test.

All thirteen first year bricklaying learners rose to the challenge of building a wall to a high standard from a building plan / diagram, within a time limit of 4.5 hours. The competition, designed to reflect the role of a bricklayer and to help improve the learners’ confidence, to take the first step into a career in bricklaying. The learners put into practice the skills they had acquired in the workshop, and were marked on areas such as, setting out, dimensional positioning and bond, gauge, level, plumb and all skills required for the build.

Steve Llewellyn and John Wayman were impressed with the professional way the learners set about the challenge and the high quality work they produced. Speaking on behalf of the Construction staff, course tutor John Wayman thanked Jewson building suppliers for their generous sponsorship of the activity and congratulated all learners for their involvement and enthusiasm towards the challenge.  He added” We wanted to give the learners the opportunity to make themselves more employable and a competition such as this has a positive impact on their studies. It was pleasing to see how proud the learners were as they show cased their skills throughout the competition.

Speaking after the challenge, learner Owen Jones age 19 from Cwmbach, Aberdare stated, I really enjoyed the competition it was a good experience preparing us for work and we were marked on all the skills required for work in the Construction industry.

Lloyd Carter, area manager at Jewson Suppliers, Aberdare commented” We were happy to support the challenge at the college and it was amazing to see the standard of work produced by these learners. With an upward trend in the sector, the learners have an excellent opportunity at the college to acquire the relevant skills to succeed in the industry. The staff are so enthusiastic and supportive and the facilities in the new campus are first class”.

Mark Thomas, Campus Director at the Aberdare campus added, “We are grateful to Jewson’s for sponsoring the challenge and I have to thank all the staff and the learners for supporting the challenge. Since moving to the new campus we have seen a significant interest in applications for our construction courses. Competitions such as this have such a positive impact on the learners by stretching and challenging them to achieve their potential”.

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Cymoedd Construction learners rise to the challenge



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