Hodgkinson cements future

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Bondholder Hodgkinson Builders has cemented a new partnership to boost construction apprenticeships in the East Midlands.

Together with training provider Access Training, Derby-based building firm, Hodgkinson Builders, is expanding the Access Training Construction Academy to support a new generation of bricklayers in Derby.

The academy will offer a range of construction apprenticeships - with a special focus on bricklaying. It has been co-sponsored by local builders’ merchant Buildbase.

Ian Hodgkinson, Director at Pride Park-based Hodgkinson Builders, sought to work with Access Training after the demise of the Derby based, National Construction Academy (NCA).

Ian, a strong advocate of bricklaying apprenticeships and supporting new talent, said: “We are very excited because we can continue to offer opportunities and grow the construction workers of the future.”

Access Training has pledged to create 10 new apprenticeship vacancies in 10 days on the lead up to the opening, with Hodgkinson Builders pledging two brand new apprenticeship positions ahead of the campaign to give it a flying start.

Corrina Hembury, Managing Director of Access Training, said: “We are delighted to have forged this new partnership so together we can provide these exciting new bricklaying apprenticeships in Derby.

“We are really passionate about the construction sector and our new collaboration with Ian and Buildbase is a really positive move to allow us to expand.”

Access Training has been offering training and apprenticeships throughout the Midlands for more than 30 years and is co-owned by two housing associations.

But its renewed focus on construction will offer skills in the bricklaying industry which are so desperately needed at a time when there is a chronic shortage of homes in the UK.