Brickie claims ap­pren­tice of the year award

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A Pukekohe brickie has claimed a solid ac­co­lade thanks to the qual­ity work­man­ship he dis­played dur­ing his ap­pren­tice­ship.

Josh Toe­toe se­cured the Firth Sil­ver Trowel Brick and Block­lay­ing Ap­pren­tice of the Year award af­ter he sub­mit­ted a port­fo­lio of his ex­pe­ri­ence as an ap­pren­tice brick­layer last year.

Toe­toe said he was ‘‘stocked’’ and ‘‘over­whelmed’’ to have won the award and said that it would help him with fu­ture en­deav­ours.

‘‘To have the award means to keep up the rep­u­ta­tion of my work and that I can tackle any chal­lenge head-on and do it to my best qual­ity. It also makes clients happy with what I have done,’’ said Toe­toe.

‘‘[I want to] be suc­cess­ful and keep up the rep­u­ta­tion of the Sil­ver Trowel ... keep­ing up the stan­dard.’’

Toe­toe, who qual­i­fied ear­lier this year, has been work­ing as a brick­layer for five years.

He was un­em­ployed be­fore be­com­ing a brick­layer and thanked his em­ployer Ja­son van Tiel - who also won the same award in 1990 - for giv­ing him the op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘(Van Tiel) al­ways keeps you on your toes - there is no time for slack­ing, it’s good.’’

Hav­ing come from the ’’un­em­ploy­ment back­ground’’, Toe­toe said he would like to work closely with those who were strug­gling to gain work. ’’I was in the same sit­u­a­tion try­ing to look for a job. Get­ting out of your com­fort zone is a hard thing for peo­ple th­ese days aye,’’ said Toe­toe.

‘‘I want to col­lab­o­rate with ... those guys that can’t get a job op­por­tu­nity to do our best at steer­ing them in a dif­fer­ent way and just help out a bit if I can.’’

The 26-year-old said brick­lay­ing wasn’t a ca­reer op­tion he had con­sid­ered, but af­ter tak­ing the job with J R van Tiel Brick­lay­ing, and ac­quir­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship,

‘‘(Van Tiel) al­ways keeps you on your toes - there is no time for slack­ing, it's good.’’

he be­came ‘‘keen’’ on the trade

He en­joys the out­doors and phys­i­cal work, and said if he wasn’t brick­lay­ing he’d still be­ing do­ing some­thing phys­i­cal.

‘‘[I en­joy] go­ing around dif­fer­ent sites be­ing able to do dif­fer­ent things, dif­fer­ent houses, dif­fer­ent jobs ... pleas­ing clients and trav­el­ling around New Zealand,’’ said Toe­toe.

For now, the brickie will fo­cus on work­ing hard un­til he is ready to start his own brick­lay­ing busi­ness.

Ja­son van Tiel, left, and Jsoh Toe­toe have both won the Firth Sil­ver Trowel award.

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