New heights for young team!

Hodgson Sayers, which has won regional and national acclaim for its people development skills, has announced the appointment of six apprentices to its team.

In 2015, the Stanley-based company won the apprenticeship category in the North East Business Awards and in the national final went on to claim both the People Development Award and Company of the Year at the British Chamber of Commerce Awards.

The company already has 25 apprentices at various stages of their training and the six newcomers will embark on an apprenticeship in either slating and tiling or flat roofing at Newcastle College over a three year course.

The apprentices, aged between 17 and 22, include 17-year-olds, Kieran Forster from Prudhoe and Leon Bibby from Chilton, 18-year-old John Leighton from Stanley, 19-year-olds, Stephen Watt from Prudhoe and Jack Hall from Throckley and 22-year old, Oliver Drew from Chester-le-Street.

John Sayers, managing director at Hodgson Sayers, said: “We interviewed roughly 30 candidates for the apprenticeship roles, so well done to our six new starters and a warm welcome to the team.

“Apprenticeships continue to be crucial, not just for Hodgson Sayers but for the sector as a whole. It is our duty to ensure that we pass on skills and develop the next generation of workers. To do this we are working closely with Newcastle College to help develop motivated youngsters.

“We like to appoint our apprentices as a group so that they can bond together and push each other forward. The foundations of our business began through apprenticeships, I started my career as an apprentice, as did the majority of our contract managers, so there is a lot of knowledge to be shared.

“Patience, persistence and a willingness to learn are key ingredients for all young people. To know that you are working towards a goal is mutually beneficial for both the apprentice and the company which is why, upon successful completion of their training, all apprentices are guaranteed employment with us. I wish them all the very best of luck as they begin their careers.”

Apprentice, Stephen Watt, said: “I found out about the apprenticeship with the company through my college tutor. I did my research and knew that Hodgson Sayers was somewhere I could progress my career.

“I was delighted to pass the interview and to begin an apprenticeship in flat roofing. I am joined by a great group of lads and we are all starting our careers together. I am very ambitious and in the future would like to work my way up within the company but I know there is a long road of learning and grafting ahead of me!”

The company has this year been shortlisted for the third time in Ward Hadaway’s Fastest 50 Growing Companies in the North East.