West Suffolk College students win big at Suffolk Show trade competitions

West Suffolk College construction students Reece Peacock and Kasper Rzemieniec won first prize in the Suffolk Show's bricklaying trades competition ANL-150206-145156001
West Suffolk College construction students Reece Peacock and Kasper Rzemieniec won first prize in the Suffolk Show's bricklaying trades competition ANL-150206-145156001

Construction students from West Suffolk College have swept the board at the Suffolk Show’s trade competitions - winning first prize in each.

The talented group won first prizes in the painting and decorating, brickwork and carpentry competitions competing against students from Easton and Otley College and Suffolk New College.

Bricklaying students Kasper Rzemieniec and Reece Peacock were set the task of building a model of a chimney to detailed instructions in just two days.

Their lecturer Martin Cribb said: “It is fantastic that they won and it was quite a challenge to finish the chimney in two days.

“They have done very well.”

Meanwhile, painting and decorating students Ryan Simpson and James Gibbs showcased their excellent brushwork skills by decorating a fireplace and chimney breast using marbling, painting and coving, wallpapering and stencilling a design in paint.

Lecturer Dean Smith said: “I am delighted these two students won.

“They are both extremely hard-working and managed to complete a very complex piece of work.”

Carpentry students Jordan Balls and Jack Goodwin also went away with first prize for their skills in building a door, interior wall and window.

Gary Clarke, Assistant Principal, Enterprise and Employability, said: “I am very proud that our students have come first in all of he trade competitions this year - they are exceptional students and worked very hard to show off their skills in the competition.

“Their success reflects their dedication and that of their lecturers and employers.”