Winner: Tyler Pearce – Lee Marley Brickwork
In one of the most fiercely contested Apprentice of the Year shortlists to date, the judges were given a hugely difficult task.
However, after much deliberation the panel named Lee Marley Brickwork apprentice Tyler Pearce this year’s winner, describing him as an “exceptional candidate” and praising his genuine passion for his chosen trade.
Tyler’s career in the sector began when a Lee Marley Brickwork contracts manager noticed his potential during a visit to Brooklands College just outside London.
From the moment he was spotted, Tyler has stood out as an apprentice with the ability to become an exceptional bricklayer. Lee Marley was immediately impressed by his concise and accurate skills, despite his lack of onsite experience.
Tyler joined the company in 2017 and was placed on a high-end brick façade project at Kings College, Wimbledon. He bypassed the traditional route of assisted brickwork labour and was put to work with a face-work gang. Since then he has moved onto the much larger West Grove project in Elephant and Castle for Lendlease.
His skills have continued to develop rapidly and to a very high standard, his employer reports. On site he is highly motivated, requiring a relatively minor degree of supervision for an apprentice. This has allowed supervisors to help Tyler develop more advanced skills, rather than concentrating on the basics.
“His commitment to training to develop his craft is exceptional and he is a role model for the building trades sector”
Constantly asking questions and eager to learn, Tyler showed the judges that he is driven to succeed. He has won numerous high-profile masonry competitions, including the Guild of Bricklayers Number One Student of the Year award. He also took part in the London regional heat of CITB Skillbuild, finishing in third place.
The judging panel hailed Tyler as a true role model for the construction industry, labelling him an “exceptional candidate who does not realise how much of an attribute he is to himself and the industry”.
Tyler’s dedication to advancing his career has stood out repeatedly, reflected in how he travels long distances to work on his current project at Elephant and Castle while juggling this with his studies at Brooklands College.
This commitment to developing his craft came through in an impressive presentation and was praised as truly inspirational.
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