Stonemasons create practical stone items that can last for centuries, they need to be skilled in creating stone items using traditional tools. Stonemasons work from sawn blocks of stone to shape everything from cladding for a new office block to intricate and important carvings for famous historic buildings, working with materials such as slate, sandstone and limestone. They use templates and drawings as a guide and often copy decayed or broken stones to create identical replacements. Stonemasonry is one of the oldest professions within the construction industry.

This competition has been designed to reflect the role of a stonemason and the standards that are expected within the construction industry.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Interpret drawings

  • Numerical skills

  • Health and Safety

  • Attention to detail

  • Problem Solving (minimise defects)

  • Teamwork

  • Accuracy

  • Creativity

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition and competitors must be proficient with the core competencies above.
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation.

How it works

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Learners who get through the passive stage (where they will be expected to prepare a submission for entry or participate in an online assessment), will be invited to take part in national qualifiers which take place across the UK between April and June. All competitors receive certification for their achievements at the qualifiers

The highest performers from the national qualifiers are invited to compete in the UK National Finals in November at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event

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Register your interest

In light of the ongoing uncertainty relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be running the WorldSkills UK national competition cycle in 2020. We expect to resume competitions in 2021 and urge you to register your interest now so we can keep you advised of developments.

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