Working at Hodgson Sayers

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Working at Hodgson Sayers is full of variety.

Here’s what life is like for some of our team: First year apprentice, David Bilverstone, 21 from Chester-Le-Street, said: “My training is in built-up-flat roofing as it really appealed to me. I have past experience working on roofs with a small local roofing contractor and wanted to take this knowledge and use it within a larger company.

“The training here is excellent and I have instantly been made to feel one of the team. Spending part of the time at college, the modules are already benefiting my training.

19-year-old Iain Curson from Burnopfield, Stanley, has recently taken up the trade of pitched roofing. Iain, said: “Hodgson Sayers was my number one choice. I know a couple of lads who are now second year apprentices at the company and I was hearing only good things.

“I have settled in well and it’s great that all apprentices joined at the same time as I have met some great lads and we are able to help each other out. Whatever your apprenticeship, you are assigned a group mentor who oversees training and is someone you can go to for advice.

“During the three years I will spend block stages at Newcastle College where I will learn new skills within workshops that I can use on-site. So far, I am really enjoying it and my aim is to become a site manager.”

Contracts Manager, Colin Howey, said: “The second year apprentices are all doing very well and have become vital members of our workforce The more recent recruits appear to have settled in well and are enjoying their experience with both the college and working with their colleagues on site.

“Personally, I enjoy working closely with the apprentices, as I was once an apprentice for the company myself For this reason, I take an active part in guiding and advising them throughout their careers and I use my experience as an example as to what they could potentially achieve themselves.”

Contracts Manager, Dean Goyns, said: “It is important to have the right balance when interacting with the apprentices, offering support and training where needed via coaching sessions. The apprentices are a great asset to our team. One of my roles is to ensure they settle in and are comfortable within their role and that they are working well with their supervisor who they have been buddied up with. It is very rewarding to see them develop into quality tradesmen who are moulded into our business, enhancing our reputation for high quality work.”

Our managing director, John Sayers, provides a background to our business