Brickie’s gold cements a place in final

Winning brickie John Rudge
Winning brickie John Rudge

A TALENTED apprentice is hoping for concrete proof that he is the best after reached the finals of a national bricklaying challenge.

Yuill Homes’ apprentice John Rudge, 20, of Hartlepool, has won the gold award in the northern section of the renowned Guild of Bricklayers Competition two years running.

He will now test his trowel skills to the full when he competes in the national finals today in Somerset.

John has already impressed the judging panel in the regional contest by demonstrating his brickwork ability to build a specialist wall. His next step is national glory at Bridgewater College in Somerset.

John is studying his level two diploma in bricklaying and trowel occupations at Hartlepool College of Further Education and has been gaining on-site experience as an apprentice with award-winning house builder Yuill Homes for the past 12 months.

He said: “I can’t wait to take part in the national final and would be delighted if I could win the overall competition.Working as an apprentice has enabled me to put what I have learned at college into practice and has helped me to develop my skills with on-site experience which I hope will help me to secure employment in the future.”

Rob Burrell, production manager at Yuill Homes, said: “We are extremely proud of our relationship with Hartlepool College of Further Education which continues to produce high quality skilled apprentices ready for the workplace.

“We would like to congratulate John for his dedication as an apprentice so far and wish him the best of luck for the national Guild of Bricklayers final.”

Graham McPhail, director of apprenticeships at the Stockton Street-based college, said: “Everyone at the college is delighted that John has been recognised for his talented brickwork.

“He has shown what it takes to succeed through his determination and willingness to learn after previously being unemployed.”