Hallum Bray, Bricklaying Level 3 apprentice, has just completed a really complex and advanced piece of brickwork incorporating acute and obtuse angles, English and Flemish walls with a stone arch. On completing the work, we were keen to catch up with Hallum to find out more about him and why he chose brick…
Two years ago Hallum left school knowing exactly what career path he wanted to take. Coming from a family where both his stepdad and brother are bricklayers, he decided that he would like to join the family business and work at KCC Builders. Hallum was inspired by his older brother who had completed his apprenticeship with Skills Group, he wanted to gain the necessary industry qualifications whilst working in the family business.
Hallum said “I enjoy the challenges of learning new skills and techniques, both on-site and in the construction centre at Skills Group. I have found each environment very different in terms of learning, on-site can be very fast paced with a lot of hands-on experience, at Skills Group I am able to take a bit more time to focus on my technique and learn more intricate work from my tutor, Martin. It hasn’t always been easy but I am very proud of my achievements“
Martin Timblin, Construction Trainer at Skills Group has been Hallum’s Assessor for the past 2 years and has watched him go from strength to strength. “Hallum has been a very conscientious learner throughout his time here and has been a credit to the team. He works well individually and also in a group and always completes his work on time. I have had excellent feedback from his peers on site and he has become a very valued member of their team through his hard work and dedication. I believe he has the drive and qualities to develop into a supervisory or managerial position in the future.”
Hallam wants to stay working at KCC once he completes his apprenticeship so he can gain more experience but is already thinking further ahead. “I would love to move to Australia in the future and run my own bricklaying business.”
We wish Hallum the very best of luck in pursuing his dream!