President of the Guild of Bricklayers

A COLLEGE bricklaying lecturer is celebrating after cementing a top position — president of the Guild of Bricklayers.

But Peter Elmes, City College Plymouth's head of academy for construction, has achieved more than the presidency.

He has also been chosen to champion and lead the application for the new diploma in construction and the built environment.

His career started in 1969 when he joined Garrett's straight out of school aged 16, where he completed a four-year apprenticeship in bricklaying.

He joined the college in 1989 as a bricklaying lecturer and after a promotion became the co-ordinator of a project to build five bungalows during the recession to enable unemployed youngsters to gain National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).

Mr Elmes said: "What a great honour and not a bad achievement for a local boy from North Prospect!

"I'd like to use my achievements over the years to encourage young people to see what they can accomplish given a bit of hard work and determination."

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