A TALENTED Hartlepool apprentice has been praised by his training providers after winning a regional crown – but narrowly missing out on a national title.
John Rudge, 20, from Hartlepool, competed in a competition to find the best bricklayer in the country.
He won the regional title for a second year running but missed out on lifting the national crown in the renowned Guild of Bricklayers Competition finals 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. To reach the national finals, he showed off his brick-work ability by building a specialist wall.
He said: “I am very proud of what I have achieved and hope to continue to better myself in the future.”
John has been gaining on-site experience for the last 12 months working as an apprentice for Yuill Construction, on the Railway Housing Association affordable development scheme at Hillingdon, in Spennymoor.
Anne Rowlands, chief executive for Railway Housing Association, said: “As an organisation that supports the recruitment and training of our own apprentices, it is fantastic to see a contractor like Yuill Homes supporting its trainees on-site. We would like to congratulate John for all his achievements.”
Rob Burrell, production manager at Yuill Homes, said: “He has proved both in his studies and on-site that he is the best man for the job and we would like to congratulate John for his dedication as an apprentice so far.”
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.”