TWO former bricklaying students are constructing a successful business in the building trade.
Andy Hughes, 31, and Andy Waterstone, 30, who both live in Hetton, have set up their own firm, Rated Construction Ltd and have taken on an apprentice of their own.
Andy Hughes completed his construction course at East Durham College in 2001 and went on to become a self-employed builder.
A few years down the line, as business grew, Andy called his old lecturer at the Peterlee college, Mick Brown, looking for an apprentice, and ended up taking on Andy Waterstone, who completed his bricklaying course in 2008.
In March this year, the pair decided to become business partners, creating Rated Construction, and they recently took on apprentice James Graham.
Andy Hughes, said: “Since joining forces with Andy, things have gone from strength to strength, and there has been less pressure as the responsibilities have been shared between two of us.
“We have worked really hard to build up the company’s reputation, and I am really proud to see where it is today.”
He went on to praise East Durham College, saying: “The college was fantastic when we were there. They taught us all the top techniques and the work we undertook there also really helped instil a strong work ethic in us both – factors that have all helped us get to where we are today.”
Andy Waterstone added: “Since leaving, if we have needed any advice, our old lecturers like Michael Brown have been just a phone call away and have been really happy to help us out.
“When we took on our new apprentice this year, we knew there was only one place to send him to take his qualifications.”
James is now enrolled on the bricklaying course at East Durham College.
For information about East Durham College’s construction courses, contact student services, tel. 518 8222.