Reporter 404, 16 June 1997

Building up skills wins silver for University brick technician

A University technician has become the only student out of half a million in the UK to have been awarded a City and Guilds Silver Medal for outstanding achievement in his NVQ in Bricklaying. A qualified concrete technician, Peter Flatt works with Civil Engineering PhD students at Leeds researching the movement of buildings.

Peter, who has worked at the University for ten years, already had a City and Guilds in concrete practice and decided to study brickwork at the Leeds College of Building. He completed the course – which usually takes three years part-time – in just 18 months. He received the award in recognition of his ability in his chosen field of study. He is the only person in the UK and Ireland to receive the award for this course. The programme covered bricklaying, concrete work, safety and supervisory skills and is open to everyone, be they PhD students, electricians or unemployed people seeking to update their skills.

Kevin France, programme leader at the College of Building, says the award recognises the hard work Peter put into the course – "we just pointed him in the right direction and away he went. He really put his head down." He feels that Peter's age – he is 40 – gave him an advantage as he knew exactly what he wanted to gain from the course.

Peter said "I never expected to even be nominated so I was really surprised that I won. I'm really proud and my kids think it's great."

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