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Top trowel work earns John gold.

Byline: KAREN McLAUCHLAN

AN apprentice with Hartlepool-based Yuill Homes has scored gold for a third time after showcasing his talents.

John Rudge has continued his success as a talented bricklayer after winning gold in the northern section of the renowned Guild of Bricklayers Competition for the third successive year.

The 21-year-old from Hartlepool was crowned the regional winner after impressing the judging panel with his brick-work ability, following the construction of a specialist wall as part of the competition.

Having just completed his Level 3 diploma in bricklaying and trowel occupations at Hartlepool College of Further Education as well as an NVQ in construction, John is looking forward to starting a full-time career in the building industry.

Currently working as an apprentice on Yuill Homes' Cecil Court development in Hartlepool, 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 in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education, the Yuill Homes apprenticeship scheme offers local trainees, who are working towards an NVQ in construction, the chance to gain on-the-job experience which is essential for developing their skills, giving them a greater chance of gaining construction employment in the future.

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."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Jul 24, 2012
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