Welsh learner builds his way to the top

An aspiring builder has been recognised for his skill at the ‘Guild of Bricklayers Annual Bricklaying Competition’ gaining the title ‘Guild of Bricklayers Junior Welsh Champion’.

Zac Timothy, 18, who is studying Level 2 Bricklaying at the Ystrad Mynach campus of Coleg y Cymoedd, came first in the annual competition, rivalling competitors from over 11 different colleges in Wales. The competition took place at Neath Port Talbot Group’s Newtown Campus.

During an intense five-hour contest each competitor had the challenge of building the best brick wall with specific features to demonstrate their ability in the field. Ultimately Zac’s technical skills and attention to detail earned him the title of Wales’ top Junior Bricklayer.

Speaking of his experience at the competition, Zac, from Markham said, “The competition was really challenging, especially as it was my first time in a competitive situation. When the judges were announcing the 2nd and 3rd places my heart was pounding, and when they announced my name in first place I couldn’t believe it; I was chuffed!”

After completing his studies, Zac is hoping to move to Australia to become a builder but already has his eyes set on next year’s competition.

He continued to say, “I’ll progress onto an advanced course in bricklaying after I qualify at the end of this year, so hopefully I can continue the success at next year’s competition. Coleg y Cymoedd actually put my name forward to participate and have been extremely supportive throughout.

Zac’s fellow learner Daniel Watkins, 20 from Merthyr Tydfil, also participated in the senior round of the competition, however was unsuccessful in the strong field of competitors.

Commenting on Zac’s success, Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd, Judith Evans, said, “Zac is a credit to our college; he exemplifies how hard work and dedicated tuition provide learners with excellent vocational opportunities and real jobs in a diverse range of industries and recognised trades. We wish him every success in the future.”

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