Another Brick in the Wall

Competition is just another brick in the wall

SIGNAL 1 breakfast show presenters Perry and Louise are set to become builders for the day at Stoke-on-Trent College.

They will be rolling up their sleeves alongside first year construction students at the Burslem campus in Moorland Road in a competition to build the best wall – or watch it fall!

Perry said: “I am really excited about this challenge because it will be great to do a proper man’s job like building a brick wall.  The question is, ‘who is the bigger man – Louise or myself?’

“The best thing about it is we will both be learning from among the best in the industry a skill that might actually become useful to us in the world outside the studio – definitely a lot more useful than my real job. I mean, when was the last time you rang for a man to urgently come to your house to talk between songs?!”

But to ensure the perky pair achieves construction rather than destruction, they will each be assigned their own construction student mentors to help them one brick at a time.

Martin Ball, assistant director of construction and building services at Stoke on Trent College, said the challenge forms part of an internal competition among the full time first year trowel trade students, who have already completed a building exercise to find the best two candidates from each teaching group.

They have then been put forward to take part with Perry and Louise, which could mean as many as 15 walls springing up on campus!

He said: “The Signal 1 challenge is a great opportunity for our bricklaying students to get their trowel into, and to put everything they’ve learned so far into practice.

“I am confident that both our student mentors, Aaron and Holly, will keep Perry and Louise on track and stop them from producing any shoddy workmanship once they’re under pressure on the day.”

The students will continue working on their walls until 4pm, when judges will step in to decide which of them has demonstrated they have firm foundations for a career in the building industry.

Martin added: “The day should be great fun for our learners, and given the numbers of students we have enrolled on our bricklaying, carpentry, plastering, painting and decorating courses, it just shows that these traditional trades are as popular as ever with young people.”

Any budding builders can find out more about the Level 2 diploma in bricklaying and other construction courses by calling the college on 01782 208208 or by visiting You can also join us on facebook at or come along to the next open evening event on Wednesday February 13 being hosted at both the Burslem and Cauldon campuses between 5pm and 7.30pm.

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