Brickie is best for third year in a row

John Rudge
John Rudge
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A BRICKLAYER has built on his success by winning a title for the third year in a row.

Yuill Homes’ apprentice John Rudge, 21, from Hartlepool, has once again won the northern section of the renowned Guild of Bricklayers Competition.

He impressed the judging panel by demonstrating his brickwork ability in building a specialist wall.

John’s success does not end there either as he has just completed his Level Three Diploma in Bricklaying and Trowel Occupations at Hartlepool College of Further Education as well as an NVQ in construction.

Now, he is looking forward to starting a full-time career in the building industry.

John said: “I’m really happy to have won the regional competition. It was a great achievement for me to have won it once so to have been successful in the competition for three years running really means a lot to me.

“Working alongside talented tradesman on-site with Yuill Homes over the past few years has helped me to improve as an apprentice bricklayer and it’s been great to put what I have learned at college into practice.

“I’m looking forward to starting a full-time career in the building industry and hope to continue to develop my skills and experience further.”

Rob Burrell, head of production at Yuill Homes, said: “We are extremely proud of our relationship with Hartlepool College of Further Education who continue to produce high quality skilled apprentices ready for the work place. We would like to congratulate John for his dedication as an apprentice throughout his time with us.”

Graham McPhail, director of apprenticeships at Hartlepool College of Further Education, 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.

“I would like to thank Yuill Homes for its continued support of trainees and partnership with the college.”