Walden teenager recognised as ‘best young bricklayer’ in East Anglia

15:40 23 June 2014

Eighteen-year-old bricklayer Shaun Bartram.

Eighteen-year-old bricklayer Shaun Bartram.

Archant

A Saffron Walden teenager has earned the right to call himself ‘the best young bricklayer in East Anglia’ after winning a a prestigious competition.

Shaun Bartram, 18, of Rowntree Way, Saffron Walden, could now go through to the national finals of the Junior SkillBuild competition at the NEC in Birmingham this November.

The Cambridge Regional College student impressed judges with his precision and practical skills in the testing challenge to build a piece of decorative brickwork.

“I was very surprised but very pleased when I won,” said Shaun. “It was a very challenging competition and the judges were very strict on accuracy – points were deducted if you were a millimetre out.”

The teenager has just started an apprenticeship with Anglian Brickwork of Great Sampford – specialists in brickwork, blockwork and stonework.

Lecturer Neil Hesketh said the young bricklayer had performed “outstandingly”.

He said: “Shaun’s a very talented craftsmen and I’m absolutely delighted he has done so well.

“His win is fantastic and we’re hoping he will win his way through to the finals later this year.”

SkillBuild is the largest multi-trade competition in the country for construction trainees and apprentices, covering ten craft occupations.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Saffron Walden Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Saffron Walden Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Saffron Walden Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Tue, 11:54

Jewellery and watch items were stolen from a house in Radwinter Road, Ashdon, after a burglary between 6am on August 6 and 4pm on August 20. Thieves gained entry via a window and caused damage to the window frame before searching upstairs bedrooms. They also entered the garage via a double glazed window.

Mon, 08:00
Stansted Airport

British Airways will fly to the French Alpine city of Chambery from Stansted and is extending its Berlin service from the Essex hub through the winter.

Sunday, August 28, 2016
The Saffron Walden Young Carers group in America

Youngsters from the Saffron Walden Young Carers Group are currently on the trip of a lifetime in the USA after raising the money themselves to get there.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
Beales of Saffron Walden

New ownership interest has been expressed for the Beales premises when the store closes in January.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters: