RNLI walls aplenty

Lifeboats News Release

The 4th Annual Skills Test for construction students at the University College, Isle of Man (UCM) held today, 15 March 2019, had the bricklaying apprentices building RNLI walls.

RNLI walls aplenty

RNLI/Mike Howland

RNLI walls aplenty
An addition to this year’s competition is that some of the items produced by the students during the competition will be auctioned at the end of the day and proceeds donated to charities suggested by the students.

Lecturer in charge of the brick and block working apprentices is Robert Brew, volunteer second coxswain of Ramsey's all-weather lifeboat Ann and James Ritchie and also a deputy second coxswain for Douglas being based at UCM during the working day. It was perhaps no surprise then that the charity the bricklaying apprentices chose to support was the RNLI and the test set was to construct a wall with the RNLI initials highlighted in contrasting brick.

Starting with a pile of bricks, a construction diagram, a wheel barrow of mortar and their tools the students had six hours to construct their wall which at the end of the six hours were then assessed by a party of qualified construction professionals and points awarded for proper construction and conformance with the build diagram.

The afternoon concluded for all the trades involved with a presentation of prizes to the first, second and third placed students as determined by their relative trade assessors.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photos:
(1) Walls aplenty Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland
(2 The winning wall Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland
(3) Construction diagram Credit: RNLI/University College Isle of Man

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RNLI/Mike Howland

Winning apprentice's RNLI wall

RNLI/University College Isle of Man

Construction diagram for RNLI wall

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