A FORMER Barnsley College construction apprentice is celebrating after winning gold in bricklaying at the 2019 SkillBuild National Final.

Adam Batty, of Darfield, battled it out with other talented apprentices to be crowned as one of the country’s ‘most talented’ trainees.

SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the UK for construction trainees and apprentices and forms a part of WorldSkills UK.

The competition took place at the NEC in Birmingham where competitors were given a challenging design to build over the three-day competition.

Adam, 19, used his bricklaying knowledge to interpret the drawings to set out and build his design using different styles and intricate techniques of brickwork. He won the competition on the accuracy, neatness and overall finish of his final build.

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The final was made up of the eight highest scoring brickwork trainees from the regional qualifier competitions that took place throughout the UK earlier in the year.