Having won his regional heat of the SkillBuild competition, Jake Dominy, a 21-year-old apprentice bricklayer with housebuilder William Davis Homes is now preparing himself for national final.
The six-hour event saw contestants given a working drawing to create a decorative brickwork piece that involves a host of detailed styles and features. In addition to the gold medal and prestige, Jake won £300 worth of tools and equipment, and the ability to put himself against talented peers from around the UK at the NEC on 16-18 November at The Skills Show.
Jake says of his success: “I was really shocked to win but completely chuffed! The tools I won as part of my prize have already been really useful and I now just want to keep practicing and learning new skills like arches and shape cutting that will be helpful for the national final.”
SkillBuild is an annual event organised by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), construction apprentices/trainees against their peers in ten major skill crafts. Jake is currently in the third year of his apprenticeship with the Loughborough-based housebuilder and was entered into the Senior bricklaying category of the East Midlands heat.
The event was held at Leicester College, where Jake studies and, in fact, has also won an Apprenticeship Award for Bricklaying, presented annually to an exemplary student.
Keith Binns, programme lead in bricklaying and Jake’s tutor at Leicester College, says of the apprentice’s success: “I’ve worked with Jake throughout his development; he is a hard-working and enthusiastic student who listens, takes on board advice and generally shows a real willingness to improve his skill set and be the best he can.
“William Davis Homes has offered Jake fantastic support not just in this competition but also in his bricklaying career and I am absolutely delighted with his success; it is thoroughly deserved following all the time and effort he has invested.”
Paul Grayson, construction programme area manager for the college, adds: “From day one, Jake put in maximum effort and his approach is one we can all learn from, which is why he was selected for the college award. We all wish him every success at the national final, where he will hopefully take the next steps to represent the college and William Davis Homes.”