Testimonials from students attending bricklaying foundation course
(additional courses attended at the BTC are in brackets)
David Heath, (West Sussex)
Have completed several courses after the last few years. Excellent every time and will be back.
Tim Sturgeon, (London)
Very friendly, approachable and not at all intimidating. Well structured course that covered a lot and left me with a sense of accomplishment.
Justin Cunningham, (Kent)
Brilliant instructor and course. Really enjoyed it – one of the best short courses I’ve done. Thank you to Peter – a fantastic instructor.
Luke Hayden, (Hertfordshire)
Really good course. I had prior knowledge but still found it really helpful. Great instructor.
Peter Thomas, (West Sussex)
Peter was extremely engaging, passing on years of experience in 4 days. Great foundation understanding to now just practice. Real value for money and time. well done and thank you.
Nicola Kavanagh, (Surrey)
Fantastic; very informative and all aspects explained fully, both theory and practical. Great cafe and all areas clean and tidy. Very friendly and helpful office staff.
Gary Smith, (Surrey)
Centre is very good with lots going on, in good condition and good facilities. The course covered a lot and with any questions answered. Structure was good and very practical. I feel I am now capable to lay bricks.
Andrew Southard, (Dorset)
First class, very impressed with the organisation and experience and knowledge on offer. Peter was a legend and an oracle. The office staff were all amazing. Thank you.
Dom Huddart, (Surrey)
Been before on carpentry course so already liked the centre and really enjoyed the bricklaying. Peter is a great instructor.
Jerry Cooke, (Dorset)
Fantastic facility providing a broad range of trade skills. Everybody seems very friendly, polite and professional. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and will probably be back! The course was brilliant and the staff were awesome.
Tom Ulman, (Surrey)
Absolutely brilliant! My third course in the centre.
Manraj Gahir, (London)
Local to me, nearby parking, got a canteen and very friendly staff
Stephen Thompson, (Kent)
Very good indeed. It was very informative and it was good to have been taught by such a good instructor and someone who clearly enjoys his job. Thank you everyone & thank you Peter.
Trevor Cook, (Surrey)
A great experience as I have never laid bricks before. Peter was outstanding. All members of staff were fantastic.
Luke Nation, (Berkshire)
Great course. Surprised with the fact we built an extension!
Taina Lund-Ricard, (London)
Loved it! Learned so much and felt very comfortable. I found it a very welcoming space for women and would encourage more to join the bricklaying course!
Angela Yeates, (Surrey)
Loved it. Plan to do other courses in the future too. Really enjoyed myself. Great tutor, friendly group. Fast paced so didn’t get a chance to get bored! Great bunch of staff.
Diane Skinner, (London)
Excellent – Pleasantly surprised how much was covered in a week and how proficient I could get having never held a troel before. Excellent instructor – right pitch and speed for me.
Denise Flower, (London)
Loved it. The course was a good mix of theory and plenty of practical. The centre is perfect – everything you need to learn. Peter is a great teacher – somehow, from shaky beginnings, I can now lay bricks (and many other things) with confidence.
Donovan Malcolm, (Surrey)
The centre is easily allocated and the bricklaying course was very good. Peter was excellent in teaching and demonstrating the art of bricklaying.
Tom Scorge, (Surrey)
Excellent from start to finish. Professional, good mix of theory and practical and excellent pace.
Steven Chilcott, (London)
Excellent – would recommend to any DIYer requiring the basics. Should I wish to make a living at bricklaying this is certainly the place to come for tuition.
Dale Gibbard, (Kent)
Very good. Enjoyed the course and friendly nature of the centre. Peter was a very good instructor and very knowledgeable.
Stuart Fraser, (Sussex)
Fantastic – learned loads from Peter and had a very enjoyable week. Very intuitive course structure. I wish I’d done this 2 renovations ago
Colin Ball, (Buckinghamshire)
Excellent as always. Peter was a very hard working, knowledgeable and generous with passing on his knowledge and experience
Jon Palmer, (Surrey)
An excellent course. It was great to be able to start never having laid a brick in my life and finish the course knowing how to make an extension. Peter is an excellent tutor, very friendly and welcoming. Office staff are always very helpful and very efficient.
David Nanson, (West Sussex)
Centre was businesslike and fit for purpose. Course was exactly what I needed.
Alex Mills, (East Sussex)
Learnt a huge amount, much more than I imagined. Peter was very calm and explained everything in a simple way so it was easy to take in.
Kevin Scarrott, (Carmarthenshire)
Brilliant worth every penny!
Taryn Hauritz, (London)
Brilliant as always. I think it should be called “build your own house!” It was great
Chris Thompson, (Surrey)
Perfect! I learnt more in 5 days with you than I did with 5 years at school!!
Sultan Mahmoud, (London)
Excellent course, very informative. Instructor was very helpful and articulate.
Nigel Blake, (Ireland)
Clean and safe environment. Friendly and professional staff at all time. Thoroughly enjoyed and will be highly recommending to friends.
Simon Cobb, (Surrey)
Instructor was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Was very approachable with questions and was always happy to help. Office staff were friendly. Centre was suited for purpose
Richard Jureidini, (London)
Very informative. Good mix of practical and theory. Enjoyed Peter’s relaxed and professional approach.
Ben Mitchell, (West Sussex)
The course was great. Peter is a really good teacher, very patient and made it easy to ask questions. All the staff are really friendly. I will definitely recommend your business and return myself for the tiling course.
Mark Castree, (London)
Friendly and informative. Over the two weekends I have come away with much more knowledge than I was expecting. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. Thank you.
James Shelbourne, (London)
Really pleased. Feel a lot more confident than I could have hoped. Peter was a super instructor balancing professionalism and humour. He is a real asset to The BTC.
Madeline Ladell, (London)
Brilliant! This course far exceeded my expectations. It covered so much in great detail and depth and yet everything was clearly explained and demonstrated so I could understand and learn. I hadn’t expected the theory either; an ideal balance with the practical work. The teaching was excellent.
Amanda Bodenham, (London)
Excellent tuition, well organised, great fun. Learned far more than I expected. Loved it, given me the confidence to build my wall, maybe move on to an extension, then a house!
David Barker, (Surrey)
The course was excellent 10 out of 10. The centre was always clean. The centre team always helpful and pleasant to deal with – Full Marks. I though Peter was one of the finest teachers I have ever experienced (and I have in my working life met many).
Kevin Stark, (London)
For all practical reasons, the centre is excellent; location, size and facilities. Peter is a superb, friendly and very knowledgeable tutor. He went out of his way to make us all feel welcome and valued.
David Bill, (Somerset)
(kitchen fitting course, plumbing course, carpentry course, tiling course, plastering course, electrical foundation course)
My first week of a 6 week package has been an excellent start. I cannot fault the welcoming atmosphere and sound administration of the centre. The bricklaying course has been outstanding.
Jatinder Purewal, (Middlesex)
(plastering course, electrical course, Part P course)
Good, value for money, already attended 2 courses here and have another booked.
Graham Lambert, (Kent)
(plastering course, carpentry course, plumbing course)
The centre is helpful and you never feel afraid to ask questions. Excellent.
Kellie Mellerick, (London)
Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable week. Elaine created the first great impression in my communication with her and the impression continued on attendance. Peter is extremely professional, approachable and has an incridible knowledge base. There wasn’t one question he couldn’t answer. Thank you. I hope to be back!
Nicholas Bray, (Surrey)
A very good course. Peter the instructor took extra care to ensure I was following ok (I am deaf). Spoke slowly and clearly. Thanks
Chris Bain, (N. Ireland)
(kitchen fitting course, tiling course, plastering course, plumbing course)
Outstanding course, the depth the instructor went to was just right for all the students. I now have a much better understanding of bricklaying and also the business side.
Christine Budhan, (Surrey)
(plastering course, advanced plastering course, carpentry course, plumbing course, tiling course, advanced tiling course)
Yet again another fantastic course. I feel very confident to complete my own projects and the teaching was superb!
Simon Jefferies, (Surrey)
(plastering course, plumbing course, electrical foundation course)
Excellent – Loved every minute of it and have come away feeling confident enough to tackle the garage I’ll soon be building.
David Blanchard, (Plymouth)
Friendly, well structured, informative and safe.
Jonathan Kabesha, (London)
Help to change my vision of life.
David Beale, (Surrey)
An excellent course that has answered a lot of questions. Peter is very knowledgeable and helpful.
Ulrika Schulte-Baukloh, (Middlesex)
(roof construction course, carpentry course)
Such great achievement and building confident life skills!
Carol Peters, (Surrey)
I would recommend to friends – learn all you need – varied and good fun. Well taught with plenty of help and guidance over the entire course.
Bobby Madan, (Middlesex)
Peter is an excellent instructor, and made our brickwork user friendly. I would definitely recommend Peter to all friends wishing to learn.
Mark Shercliff, (London)
Very good. Right balance between theory and practical and a syllabus that is pitched at a good level. Great atmosphere and location.
Tom Snaith, (London)
Clean well lit
Good humoured staff
Rev Paul Collier, (London)
(carpentry course, roof tiling course, roof construction course, electrical course, Part P course)
Excellent – very professional attitude, but relaxed and friendly as well. Teaching was clear and well explained, and plenty of practical experience.
Jamie Hall, (London)
(carpentry course, plumbing course, electrical course)
Good all-round atmosphere, good quality instructors and all quite knowledgeable.
Mark Kelly, (resettlement) (Germany)
(roof tiling course, roof construction course, plastering course, bricklaying course, carpentry course, plumbing course)
Excellent centre and instructor
Jean-Claude Toussaint, (Bristol)
Great people, great course. Would recommend it to anyone.
Michael Boocock, (Surrey)
(tiling course, roof tiling course, roof construction course, plumbing course, plastering course, advanced plastering course, electrical course)
Good centre, great course, covered a lot.
Mark Harrison, (Somerset)
(plastering course, advanced plastering course, plumbing course, electrical course, Part P course, 17th Edition (2382-10) course, PAT Testing (2377) course, I&T (2392) course)
An outstanding course. Well run. Very professional giving the right balance of practical and theory.
Craig Townson, (Lancashire) (resettlement)
(plastering course, kitchen fitting course, electrical course, tiling course, plumbing course)
I found the course very interesting and enjoyed the hands-on approach.
Les Lismore, (Surrey)
(carpentry course, plumbing course, plastering course, electrical course, Part P course, 17th Edition (2382-10) course, PAT Testing (2377) course, I&T (2392) course)
Very good, very comprehensive course, much more than I would have imagined. Very enjoyable.
Kamudu Ranasinghe, (Berkshire)
One of the best of courses I have attended and I gained loads of knowledge. Was organised by Mr Peter Bull who is excellent and overall I am very happy. I look forward to attending all other courses given time.
Steve Hilsley, (Surrey)
The course was very thorough. Peter was an excellent teacher, very patient & his manner of teaching was easy to learn from. Peter is a fountain of knowledge & worth his weight in gold!
Albie Junior Steer, (Surrey)
Very Impressed. Never laid a brick in my life and now feel confident to build anything.
David Jones, (Suffolk)
Another excellent well structured course with a friendly, helpful and knowledgeable instructor, who like others, is more than happy to help with advice and tips of the trade. Many Thanks.
Julian Sandford, (Middlesex)
The course was fantastic. I have learnt so much in only a week! Peter is a brilliant teacher, very patient, articulate and knowledgable. Thank you very much for your time.
Robin Maynard Seaver, (London)
Great!! Location excellent for public transport. Centre Staff friendly, welcoming and knowledgable. Excellent organisation. Great Tutor.
Simon Grabski, (London)
Impressed as usual. Very informative on both practical and theoretical levels.
Adam Tidbury, (London)
A very convienient location and adequate facilities. The course was comprehensive and has equipped me with all I need and has given me the confidence to build most things I’ll come across.
Adam Wilkie, (London)
Excellent course and tutor. Learnt so much more than I was expecting. Well worth it.
Ally McCulloch, (Berkshire)
Very positive impression of the centre and very pleased with the course. As practical as I had hoped and more comprehensive than expected.
Susan Mulliner, (Spain)
First rate course. All staff were friendly and accommodating. All our questions were answered in a professional manner.
Claire Derbyshire, (Kent)
Friendly, well equipped. Well paced with plenty of opportunity for individual tuition/support. I learnt more than I ever imagined and now feel confident enough to tackle my intended project – Thanks Peter!
Dan Adefidiya, (Surrey)
Very impressed with the layout of the facility. The course was very informative and cleared out a lot of mysteries.
Thomas George Doyle-Boddington, (London)
Marvelous – very informative instructor, very clear guidelines, not overcrowded, good balance between practical and theory.
Neil Soni, (London)
Outstanding – Far more impressive than expected. The course is extraordinarily efficient. A good introduction to bricklaying.
Simone Leevey, (London)
Excellent course. Amazing to learn so much in so little time. Peter has amazing skills and lnowledge and it was good to learn from him. Terrific value for money.
Bernard Rhoden, (London)
I think the course was really good for me and my self confidence. It showed me easy ways of doing things. Really good course. Loved it.
Cathy Taylor, (East Sussex)
The BTC is a great learning environment. Peter is an excellent teacher. Money well spent.
Robert Coleman, (Berkshire)
Very good location. Course was excellent and very educational as well as practical.
Sean Ratchford, (London)
Excellent as usual. Peter clearly explained and demonstrated the techniques involved. The additional theory was very helpful including the business aspect.
Adrian Clargo, (London)
I have been very impressed with the organisation, friendliness and set up at the centre which made the course a pleasure and easy to access. The course itself was extremely well structured and taught and attended to both theoretical and practical elements that I was interested in learning.
Waldo Lowe, (London)
Well organised, simple and straightforward explanations. Nice day by day progression.
Matt Shelton-Smith, (Sussex)
Having been before in 2006 & 2007, I am pleased to say that everything is to the same standard and actually better now in terms of facilities.
Claire Hemmings, (Kent)
Really impressed. Everyone is extremely helpful. Peter was so good. Extremely thorough and very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend.
Zofia Mrugacz, (London)
Fantastic. Learned a lot of useful practical knowledge that I will be able to use at work as an architect. Loved the theory too!
Evan Lam, (Surrey)
World Class – very unique. Instructors are knowledgeable, top of their fields. Bricklaying was enjoyable. There was so much to learn. Peter is very helpful and patient and has a vast experience in many trades.
Frances Walder, (Surrey)
A really great practical course, with useful theory as well as practical skills. A great introduction to bricklaying. Really enjoyable experience.
Martin Haynes, (Middlesex)
Very pleased. I now have the confidence to build that wall that has been on my ‘to do’ list for years.
Lzetwicia Oscar-Jackman, (London)
Like plumbing last week, I thoroughly enjoyed this course. In fact, I’m thinking of moving into The BTC to do all of the courses. Thanks for the skills!! Peter is an excellent trainer! First Class!!
Jeremy Watson, (Southampton)
Facilities are really good. Toilets and café area are very clean. Course has been very good. Peter is patient and a great teacher. I feel confident to do a small extension maybe a larger one after that, which is fantastic.
Catherine Lovering, (Surrey)
Excellent. Very well organised and run by lovely people who know how to do their job beautifully and with great efficiency, kindness and enthusiasm.
Patrick Kelly, (Surrey)
Excellent. . Bit like the Tardis from outside – and inside. Very well organised and welcoming.
Peter Turner, (Hampshire)
Excellent. Instructor could not of been more helpful, knowledgeable and personable.
Aideen Flynn, (London)
I really enjoyed coming to The BTC. The staff here are really helpful and friendly. The course content was great. Peter was really helpful at showing me the aspects that I needed extra help with. I’d recommend this course to others.
Buddha Gurung, (Kent)
First class administration. The tutor Peter is fantastic teacher with a vast knowledge from bricklaying to every aspect of building industry.
Ian Hillier, (Surrey)
Centre excellent. Well decked out for all types of courses on offer. Bricklaying course was very well taught and very informative on every level.
Kevin Quick, (Northampton)
A great experience, absolutely loved it! Would recommend highly to everyone. Looking forward to using what I’ve learnt. Thank you!
Simon Taylor, (Surrey)
Excellent course taught at right pace, everything well explained and covered a lot more than I imagined. A very big thank you Peter, very much appreciated. Very efficient, knowledgeable and organised office staff.
Tom Williams, (Buckinghamshire)
Absolutely brilliant. Didn’t expect to learn so much and I now feel very confident to start work. Peter was an outstanding mentor and the centre have been brilliant throughout.