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Top young bricklayer helps celebrate apprenticeships with MP Julian Huppert

Top young bricklayer helps celebrate apprenticeships with MP Julian Huppert

Cambridge Regional College apprentice Shaun Bartram, the best young bricklayer in East Anglia, has been passing on some professional tips to Cambridge's MP.

Shaun, 19, who was named regional junior champion in the SkillBuild competition at the NEC Birmingham, has the enviable job of helping to extend part of the student accommodation at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University's oldest college.

And he gave MP Julian Huppert a lesson in the art of bricklaying when he went along to the college to find out more about Shaun’s job as part of his monthly initiative Celebrating Apprenticeships.

Shaun, who is employed by Anglian Brickwork, is working on Gisborne Court, extending it in the original style of the building which was constructed in 1825.

Shaun, who completed a three year Level 3 bricklaying diploma at CRC before starting his apprenticeship said: “I had been working with my dad as a landscape gardener and realised how much I enjoyed doing the brickwork and wanted to get more involved.

“My tutor told me Anglian Brickworks were looking for an apprentice. Now I want to move up through the company and maybe one day run my own team.”

Shaun’s boss, Ian Wilson said he was a “self-disciplined and motivated young man who is strong in character and eagerness to fulfil his enormous potential."

“He very quickly gained the respect of his peers and is a well-balanced individual who reflects sound values instilled in him by a well-rounded family,” he said. We feel that Shaun is the young artisan that will go far.

“Well done Cambridge Regional College for identifying and cultivating his ‘raw’ potential; he is already earning a great reputation with our clients and fellow craftsmen.”

Julian said: “Shaun is an absolute inspiration. He has a real love for his work and has made the most of the opportunities open to him.

“He has an enviable task working on such a historic building which is so important to Cambridge’s heritage. His work will retain the historic look of Peterhouse while providing accommodation for future generations of students studying in our city.” 

Caption Bricklaying apprentice Shaun Bartram with Cambridge MP Julian Huppert

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