Bricklayer builds his way to success in wall competition

Bricklaying apprentice Reece Tuffnell, 18, from Shiregreen
Bricklaying apprentice Reece Tuffnell, 18, from Shiregreen
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A construction student from Sheffield has used his bricklaying skills to get a high placing in a major competition.

Reece Tuffnell, aged 18, from Shiregreen, gained second place in the senior category of the wall-building contest organised by the Guild of Bricklayers.

Participants were judged on their speed and accuracy in building a wall in six hours, basing their work on plans which were provided on the day.

Reece, who attends Barnsley College, competed against students from 10 other colleges in Yorkshire.

His bricklaying tutor John Mellor said: “It’s a brilliant achievement for Reece. The competition wasn’t easy and his bricklaying skills were put to the test but Reece kept calm and held a positive and professional attitude.”

The student has just finished a Level 2 course in bricklaying and plans to continue his studies in September.

“I enjoyed taking part in the competition as it really made me think about how to use my skills effectively,” said Reece.

“The tutors at college, together with my employers, have been brilliant, giving me expert advice which definitely helped me in the competition.”

Barnsley College also entered two other construction students into the competition - apprentice Trent Johnson, 18, who took part in the junior category and Mitchell Purseglove-Stevens, 17, who was in the running for the new entrants category.