Hodgkinson Builders is passionate about building the next generation of talent when it comes to bricklayers.
Ian Hodgkinson, director of Hodgkinson Builders, has made it his mission to make sure there are enough brickies in the UK to build the number of houses that are needed. Proof of this lies in the Academy he is part and parcel of, which has been operating in Derby since 2015.
The Academy was set up to address the skills shortage in the construction industry through the delivery of high quality, industry-focused apprenticeship programmes.
The opening at 20 Downing Road in Derby city centre featured a schedule of events culminating with Knowles demolishing a wall to officially declare the Academy open.
Apprentices who train at the Academy receive on-site experience, such as working on the ongoing Allenton Big Build project. A number of apprentices have been working on site every week, helping to build the new community café which will form part of the refurbished St Martin’s Church and Community Centre.
As part of his campaign, in 2016, Ian went to Westminster to lobby MPs. The event was called Building Britain’s Future and showcased bricklaying skills by apprentices building a wall in front of Big Ben. The culmination of the event was a reception in Westminster addressed by Ian and the MP for Derby at the time, Amanda Solloway.
Apprentice of The Year & Academy 3
The Academy provides life-changing opportunities for young people who have the ambition and drive to be successful in the construction sector.
With the demand for skilled labour growing year on year, our innovative concept of training delivery provides local and national employers with work-ready young people who have the desire to succeed in this thriving sector.
The Academy specialises in bricklaying apprenticeships, being driven by industry expert Ian Hodgkinson knowing what the industry wants.
Ian also takes on his own apprentices at Hodgkinson Builder, stating that “If I was given the opportunity to succeed, I feel everyone else should have the same chances in life”. One of his apprentices, Zachary Beer, won the East Midlands Chamber Business Awards 2017 for ‘Apprentice of The Year’.
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