It was a Weymouth College student, Chris Berridge, who won Gold at WorldSkills. That was followed by the College sweeping the board at both SkillBuild and UK Skills Challenge. Now more stonemasonry courses are to be introduced when the College exhibits at the Natural Stone Show in London 30 April–2 May.

It speaks volumes that students from Weymouth College swept the board at both SkillBuild and the Stone Federation’s UK Masonry Skills Challenge last year. One of the college’s team, Darek Malecki (who was in third place in both competitions) was also the national Trainee of the Year, receiving his trophy from TV builder Tommy Walsh at the Natural Stone Awards at Lord’s cricket ground in November. The year before, Chris Berridge, who did a foundation degree at Weymouth, won Gold Medal at WorldSkills, held at ExCeL London – where the Natural Stone Show opens on 30 April this year with Weymouth College among the exhibitors.

So what makes Weymouth so successful?

Weymouth College Stonemasonry Workshop

Weymouth College Stonemasonry Tutors (left to right): RIchard Mortimer, Peter Loizou, Darren Lawrence and Philip Scorer