World champion bricklayer hails Salford as city that lay his foundations and cemented star status

A world champion bricklayer from Warrington has hailed Salford for the impact it has had on his short but illustrious career.

Ashley Terron cemented his status as the world’s best in his trade after clinching gold at WorldSkills in Leipzig last July.

After winning accolade Ashley was then invited to 10 Downing Street with Team UK.

He began his journey to world domination at Salford City College, for the Skillbuild North West regional competition, two years prior and feels the experience developed his talents.

“Without doubt, I owe a lot to Salford – the regionals there really allowed me to display what I had to offer and I won’t forget that,” said the 21-year-old.

“Since then I have come a long way and still have so much to learn but that experience certainly gave me the platform I needed.”

Former apprentice Ashley also spoke of his delight after the Government vowed to create an extra 100,000 apprenticeships in its Budget announcement.

DELIGHTED: Ashley (left) with his performance coach Salvatore Circelli

He said: “I think it is hugely important because apprenticeships are vital to the industry as they provide a skilled workforce which should help fill the skills shortage that is happening at the moment.

“It is a great way for the apprentice to improve and from my experience it was invaluable, being under a mentor allowed me to build a greater expertise in my trade.”

Warrington Collegiate unveiled a building partly in their former pupil’s name at their open evening last night to pay homage to the star.

Since his achievement last year, Ashley has secured a job as assistant site manager at Redrow Homes but is struggling to come to terms with his latest achievement.

“It truly is a massive thing to have a building named after me, especially at such a young age, and I am glad it will leave part of my legacy at the college – a place where it all begun.”

Image courtesy of John C Bullas BSc MSc PhD MCIHT MIAT FGS

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