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Prizewinning bricklayer Dan Goddard.
Prizewinning bricklayer Dan Goddard.

Talented young bricklayer Dan Goddard has beaten all comers in a prestigious industry competition – taking first place in the Guild of Bricklayers contest.

The 18-year-old Cambridge Regional College student, who is an apprentice at Baker and Watkins bricklayers in March, impressed the judges with his careful attention to detail and accuracy in planning, setting up and building a piece of decorative brickwork.

Dan, who is in the second year of his apprenticeship, said the combination of working as a bricklayer and coming into college one day a week had given him the skills to win the competition.

“I love bricklaying. I did a construction course at school and I was hooked,” he said. “It is great to be an apprentice - it gets you into work and construction, and is the best way to learn.”

It is the second time an apprentice from the March firm has won a construction competition – last year, CRC apprentice Ben Drage came first in the senior bricklaying competition at SkillBuild, Britain’s biggest skills competition.

Dan’s boss, Kevin Watkins, was delighted and said: “It’s excellent news and I’m really pleased with Dan. It shows we are all doing our bit well.”