At Houghton International, one of our core values is to ‘employ for attitude and train for skill,’ which is why we remain strongly committed to our apprenticeship programme, which has been part of the business since its early years. This September, we welcomed six new apprentices and a trainee to the business. We are thrilled to have young, enthusiastic talent on board to help us continue to grow the business.
We would like to welcome Elvis Pruzljanin who will be working in our Electro Mechanical Services division, Joseph Leslie who will be working in our Rail division, Kieron Falcus and Owen Stonebanks who will be joining the Pumps division, and Ismaeel Hamza and Kian Gray who will be working in our Coil Winding team. We would also like to welcome David Price who will be joining us as a trainee in our Coil Winding team (small works).
We spoke to some of our new starters about why they chose an apprenticeship with Houghton International and what they were most looking forward to:
Owen said, “With an apprenticeship at Houghton International, I can work towards my HNC at a global company. Everyone is so friendly here; staff will always stop you to say hi. I’m most looking forward to going out on site.”
Elvis told us, “I like to work hard, and an apprenticeship allows me to do that. I’m the first person in my family to do an apprenticeship and I’m excited because a Houghton International apprenticeship will give me so many opportunities. Everyone is so friendly, and I hope to work my way up into a managerial role.”
Ismaeel commented, “An apprenticeship appealed to me because I can get paid to learn and will gain more opportunities for growth. It’s a bonus to do my training at Houghton International as it’s a good company to work for.”
Joseph told us, “I wanted to go down the apprenticeship route so I could get hands-on experience and gain qualifications whilst working. I chose Houghton International because people in the industry speak very highly of the company.”
Our trainee, David, said, “It was easy to choose Houghton International as the company I wanted to do my training at. It’s a local company, and the business values align with mine. The training will provide me with so many engineering opportunities.”
Craig Hutton, Operations Director and Deputy CEO, added: “Our new cohort of apprentices are joining at a particularly exciting time for the business, with a raft of new contracts under our belt and increasing demand for our services in new technologies, such as renewable energy and low-emission and electric transport.
I wish our new starters the best of luck with their learning, and I look forward to seeing them grow with the business over the coming years.”
During their training, the new apprentices will be supported by the whole team, including more experienced apprentices. They will learn over the course of four years and will gain industry-recognised academic and vocational qualifications. For their first year, they will spend three days in college to gain a strong theoretical and practical knowledge of electro mechanical engineering, and two days in the business gaining on-the-job experience.