Hudson Contract’s scheme to support local trainees hits 150 landmark

Bridlington-Based Hudson Contract has sponsored the 150th apprentice in its scheme to create training opportunities for young people.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 6:15 pm
Managing director of Hudson Contract Ian Anfield (second right) with apprentices Sam Emmerson, Toby Traves and Joe Mattinson.
Managing director of Hudson Contract Ian Anfield (second right) with apprentices Sam Emmerson, Toby Traves and Joe Mattinson.

The family-owned group launched the initiative in response to the lack of options for teenagers to develop valuable skills and enjoy rewarding careers in the construction industry.

Hudson pays a wage contribution of £50 per person per week for the first year of their training with local employers.

The apprentices involved in the scheme have spoken about how they enjoy the hands-on nature of the work and being able to “earn while they learn” and gain trade qualifications.

Toby Traves, a 20-year-old bricklaying apprentice, said: “It’s interesting and active work. You learn so much more at work than you do just being in the classroom and get more opportunities earlier than those that have gone down the academic route.”

Sam Emmerson, a 17-year-old site carpentry apprentice, said: “My dad is a joiner and once I had done my work experience at school I knew I wanted to follow the same career path. Eventually I want to be self-employed as I want the independence.”

Joe Mattinson, a 21-year-old bricklaying apprentice, said: “My parents are very proud I went down the apprentice route – something different to what everyone else was doing.”

All three apprentices attended East Riding College and work for Springvale Homes Ltd, based in Bridlington and owned by Tom Hart.

Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, said: “We are passionate about helping young people build promising futures for themselves within the industry we serve.

“We know that genuine training opportunities are few and far between in many seaside communities and as a successful Bridlington-based business, we are proud to support the next generation of skilled tradespeople as they start their working lives.”

Bridlington MP Sir Greg Knight congratulated Hudson Contract on the scheme.

He said: “This is a perfect example of the way that a forward-looking business can use practical education to create successful careers, enhance people’s skills and support local economies.”