We would like to congratulate our second year apprentice Josh Underwood who did exceptionally well, coming second out of eight finalist to win a silver medal at the SkillBuild 2017 UK National Final.

Architectural Stone takes great pride in developing our apprentices into highly skilled stone masons.  The combination of site experience and learning at Bath College provides our apprentices with a great foundation to move forward and achieve a high level of skill within stonemasonry. Josh’s success shows our investment in him and his training in Bath College to be extremely worthwhile.

Josh had previously come second in the final of the UK Masonry Skills Challenge, run by The Stone Federation. He said, “When I first started competing I was nervous, but now I know how the competitions work and what the judging is like.”

“The competition environment can be quite distracting. They encourage you to work so that the spectators can see what you’re doing, but I make sure I’m concentrating on the work in front of me. It’s good to have this experience on your CV, it goes a long way with certain firms and clients. I enjoy speaking to the competition qualifiers and getting an insight into the industry nationally.”

The SkillBuild 2017 UK National Final was part of the Skills Show, the country’s largest skills, careers and apprenticeships event.  Thousands of people visited the show from November 16 to November 18, which finished with a large awards ceremony on the Saturday night.   Competitors are judged according to strict marking criteria, which takes in their ability to interpret the drawings they are given and execute them.

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