Talented student bricklayer Jack Boffey has won a commendation at Youthbuild UK’s Young Builder of the Year awards for the exceptional standards of his work and his determination to aim high within his trade.

Jack, 17, received his award at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Commons in Westminster which was attended by Andy Gould, Curriculum Area Manager for Construction, and his parents. He was nominated for the award by Andy and his team and was selected as a finalist in the 14 – 18 years category.

Jack completed his Level 1 Diploma in Bricklaying with us this summer and has now progressed to Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying.

Andy said: “We put Jack forward for this award because he is always determined to be the best he can be. For someone so early in their training, he has exceptionally high standards and the ability to match. He is very focused and becomes completely absorbed in whatever piece of work he has been asked to complete.

“We are all very proud of his achievement, which is completely down to his own determination and passion and the outstanding support he has received from his Bricklaying Tutors, Darren Keen and Jonathan Price.

Jack, who is a former pupil of Sandbach Boys School, was also praised by Sandbach MP Fiona Bruce, who joined him at the awards ceremony in the Riverside Terrace Pavillion at the House of Commons.

She commented: “My congratulations go to Jack on his commendation as a finalist. This is the result of a much hard work and is very well deserved. It’s fantastic to see a young person who is so clearly thriving in his chosen career path. I am sure that Jack will have a very successful career in the construction industry and offer my best wishes to him for the future.”

Jack said: “I really enjoy bricklaying and try to make everything I do perfect. It gives me great satisfaction to stand back and see the results of something which I’ve crafted and know that it will be there for years to come.

“I also enjoy coming to Reaseheath College very much. My tutors make learning fun as well as teaching me the skills I’ll need for my future. I’m planning to continue progressing up the course levels as far as possible.”

Youthbuild UK partners organisations and employers in the construction industry, and particularly encourages them to offer work opportunities to young people. The Young Builder of the Year awards celebrates the achievements of young people and the organisations that support them.

Earlier this year Jack impressed judges with his outstanding skills at a regional inter-college competition. A member of Reaseheath’s student team at the Cheshire Skills Competition (Construction category), he took on peers from Warrington & Vale Royal College, Macclesfield College and Cheshire College South & West, to win the junior bricklayer section.