Hodgkinson takes to Westminster

Owner of Bondholder Hodgkinsons Builders, Ian Hodgkinson, will today be showcasing his apprentices to MPs in Westminster and the UK's leading house-builders on the future of Britain's construction industry.

The event, called Building Britain's Future, will showcase bricklaying skills by apprentices building a wall in front of Big Ben. The culmination of the event will be a reception in Westminster that will be addressed by both Amanda Solloway MP and Ian Hodgkinson. The reception will also include speeches from Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis MP and Minister for Apprenticeships, Nick Boles MP.

Ian, who set up his own brickwork academy, is going to expand on this with a National Construction Academy (NCA) - a standalone academy that will be rolled out across Britain to help build the 250,000 houses that are badly needed.

Ian said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to Westminster and would like to thank Amanda Solloway MP for having the vision to help get my message out that bricklaying is the career of choice and with my new National Construction Academy and opportunities such as this, we are absolutely confident that we can show young people how rewarding a career in bricklaying can be."

Amanda Solloway, MP for Derby North, commented: "This is such a fantastic opportunity to promote bricklaying as a genuine and credible choice for young people to undertake as a career. There certainly needs to be more effort in encouraging the uptake of bricklaying from apprenticeship level and that begins with altering and improving the perception of the industry."