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Hotchkiss lauded for its apprenticeship scheme

Hotchkiss, the specialist ductwork contracting firm, was named winner of the 2008 Quality in Construction Apprenticeship Scheme award last month.


Hotchkiss, which started trading in 1855 and took its first apprentice on in 1911, runs a four-year apprenticeship course encompassing day release college-based learning. Currently, 49 young people are working through the firm’s training scheme.


At the time of the judging, the firm was praised for its ‘glaring passion’ towards its scheme. Hotchkiss was short-listed alongside the Seddon Group, Sandwood Construction, Lakehouse and Wates Living space.


Commenting on the award, George Humphreys, Hotchkiss managing director, said: “Our apprenticeship scheme is something we are truly proud of. It is recognised nationally as an industry benchmark and, at the same time, its focus remains on furthering the skills of the young people involved.”


Hotchkiss is currently interviewing prospective candidates for this year’s apprenticeships. The firm is seeking between eight and 12 apprentices - between 16 and 19-years-old - wishing to work as ductwork installers, trainee engineers, quantity surveyors, estimators, skilled sheet metal fabricators and draughtspersons.