Exam success for Rippon apprentice bricklayer

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Housebuilder Rippon Homes is celebrating the success of one of its apprentices after he achieved straight As in his final exams.

Matthew Walker, from Swanwick, joined the firm in 2012 as an apprentice bricklayer after finishing college and his part-time job in landscaping.

Matthew then went on to study Level 3 in Brickwork, which he recently passed with flying colours.

Matthew, 19, said: “I always enjoyed the brickwork module at college which lead me into the career I’m in now. Having worked part-time as a landscaper, I knew I wanted a hands-on, outdoors type of job, which is why the apprenticeship at Rippon appealed to me.

“Over my three-year apprenticeship, I’ve had the opportunity of working on some big building sites and learning new skills.

“I’m thrilled to have passed my apprenticeship with straight As and look forward to working my way up the career ladder at Rippon.”

Neil Vickers, site manager at Kings Meadow, said: “Matthew is an excellent worker and everything he does is 100 per cent, so it’s no surprise that he’s achieved so much. He works well and has a good relationship with management and fellow colleagues on site.”