National award for young Hull bricklayer

Published: Tuesday 20th October 2015 by The News Editor

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An apprentice bricklayer from Hull has been named the UK’s Young Builder of the Year.

Ryan Cook, who lives in Mount Pleasant, saw off the competition of more than 100 nominees to claim the title at the Youthbuild UK awards, which celebrate youngsters who have overcome barriers to work in construction.

The 23-year-old is working for housing developer Lovell on Hull City Council’s regeneration of the Ings area.

He was presented with a trophy, £500 cash and £1,000 in tool vouchers at the House of Commons – and Lovell regional training advisor Sharon Jarvis says it is nothing less than he deserves for a fantastic start to his apprenticeship.

Ryan, who left school with no qualifications having been expelled at the age of 16, admits he is over the moon to win the award. He has had to overcome alcohol and drugs problems but is now building his new life and career.

The young brickie is currently working towards his NVQ Level 2 bricklaying qualification, having already completed his NVQ Level 1 with Hull Training.

He has aspirations of owning his own company and offering apprenticeship training to people in the same position as he was a few years ago.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Tuesday 20th October 2015 by The News Editor

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