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Ellie-Grace is a ‘fantastic role model’ for females in construction

Ellie-Grace Stuart is building the foundations for a successful career in construction after finishing a bricklaying programme with Telford College.

The former Charlton School student has been described a ‘fantastic role model’ for females looking to enter the construction industry.

And despite being the only girl in the class, she said she had thoroughly enjoyed her studies.

“I decided to study bricklaying as it’s something I’ve always had an interest in,” said Ellie, who hopes to one day start her own business.

“I thought it would be an exciting industry to learn something new in, and it seemed really fun and hands-on to learn.

“I chose to study at Telford College as I found the tutors really understanding and enthusiastic; I knew instantly that this was the course for me.”

She added: “I’ve enjoyed everything about my course; there wasn’t one negative thing I have to say. My tutor Steve helped me so much. He would dedicate his own time in free periods to help me pass my exams.

“Despite being the only girl in my class, I found my classmates to be really nice and respectful. I really liked the good atmosphere, and if I ever needed any help in my assignments, my peers were there to support me.”

Ellie was among a group of bricklaying students who worked on a Telford College project at Weston Park, helping to restore the perimeter of the 18th century walled garden originally designed by famous landscape architect Capability Brown.

She is now looking to progress her career in the construction sector and apply for a CSCS card, allowing her to work on a building site.

“My dream job would probably be having my own business either renovating houses or having my own bricklaying business,” she said.

Tutor Stephen O’Donoghue, said: “Ellie has done amazingly throughout the course and completed all the assignments set to her fantastically. She has been unfazed by working in all weather conditions and excelled in classroom-based theory work.

“Construction is becoming more inclusive and I think Ellie is a fantastic role model for any females who want to learn skills in bricklaying.”

To find out more about Telford College’s bricklaying courses, download the latest course guide at www.telfordcollege.ac.uk

Pic: Ellie-Grace Stuart

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