Meet Rugby’s Max, the best brickie around

Max Thompson with his trophy
Max Thompson with his trophy

Rugby student Max Thompson is officially the best at bricklaying in the West Midlands after winning the regional Guild of Bricklayers junior competition.

Max, 18, from Hillmorton, is currently studying for his Level 2 Brickwork at Warwickshire College and is an apprentice at NH Construction in Rugby. He beat off competitors from other West Midlands colleges to lift the trophy at the competition, which took place at Walsall College.

The Guild of Bricklayers was founded in 1932 with the aims of promoting and maintaining the highest standards of craftsmanship in brickwork. The competition involved the students undertaking a five hour brickwork test which was then judged by industry professionals.

For winning the competition, Max received a trophy and shield, as well as equipment. He said: “There were around 20 competitors taking part so I was really shocked when I found out I had won, but obviously it felt great. Everyone’s really proud of me, and my employer has even hinted I might get a pay rise! I would really like to return and compete in the senior competition next year.”

Mick Clarke, Technical Academy Manager for Construction and Max’s course tutor at Warwickshire College said, “This is a fantastic achievement for Max. Working under pressure in the competition environment can be really tough, but Max obviously coped extremely well. Everyone at the college is really proud of his efforts in this prestigious competition.”

Warwickshire College offers a range of brickwork and construction courses. For further information go to or call 0300 45 600 49.