Ryan Langham and Ben Herridge, both 17, have embarked on a bricklaying apprenticeship with Elite Brickwork Services in Bridlington and are now working on a development of 160 new homes. They chose the trade because they know that even if their career takes an unexpected turn, they will always have a skill to fall back on.
What are the best and worst things about bricklaying?
Ryan: You are outdoors, in the sunshine – sometimes – and you get paid while training. And at the end of the day you can stand back and you have something to show for a day’s work. On the downside, I don’t like the traveling.
Ben: It’s all good apart from the early starts, although I’m getting used to them!
What would you say to someone looking to a bricklaying apprenticeship?
Ben: Go for it! The pay is good and you get to be outdoors.
Ryan: Get a trade behind you and you can go anywhere in the world.
Employer Phil Gray adds: “Hudson Contract’s funding has given me the financial security to take on both lads. It’s a great feeling to have the chance to give somebody the ticket for their future.”
Ryan and Ben are undertaking their Bricklaying Apprenticeship through East Riding College, Bridlington.