Through our association with local training establishments, W H Collier has a long-term commitment to supporting young apprentices to develop their bricklaying skills. We are annual sponsors of the Maurice Page Trophy at the Suffolk Show where teams from local colleges compete laying handmade bricks supplied by us.
‘It is really important that in learning their craft, young bricklayers have the opportunity to work with the best materials’. said Nikki Lax, Director at WH Collier. ‘Handmade bricks have a very different quality to extruded, machine-made bricks. It is lovely to see how much the apprentices appreciate the special qualities which can be achieved only through the handmade process.’
This year was more of a demonstration with different apprentices demonstrating skills in designing and building a variety of structures. Showing a broad range of bricklaying skills to a beautiful standard were Sam Phillips and Jobe Brooks who built the flint structure, Arkadiusz Karatsz who built the twisted pier arch and Alex Soames who constructed the segmental arch.