Hull construction company Hobson & Porter has pledged its support to bridging the skills gap in the city by signing up to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Skills Pledge.
The pledge is designed to help the city’s future workforce obtain the skills that employers crave as well as helping businesses to access vital skills and training organisations to help them succeed and grow, in turn providing a big boost to the economy in the region.
After completing a number of high-profile projects over the past year within the Humber region, including a multi-million pound technology centre at Bishop Burton College, Hobson & Porter is the most recent business to sign-up to the scheme.
Graham Beal, managing director at Hobson & Porter, said: “We are very proud to have signed up to the Humber LEP’s Skills Pledge and reinforce our commitment to young people in Hull. At Hobson & Porter, we are actively looking to take on young people that will form our future workforce. Our apprenticeship scheme is proving fruitful and we are looking to expand that in the New Year.”
Recently, the Sutton Fields-based company has celebrated its 100th build under the Considerate Constructors Scheme as well as announcing it is set for a record turnover of £45m in 2014, up by £15m from 2013.
Mr Beal said: “The construction industry is no different to any other. The companies within it must provide stepping stones for young people into work and we are determined to play our part. It is an exciting time for Hobson & Porter after a very successful year and our association with Hull is one that we want to continue to strengthen.”
Hobson & Porter is also currently looking to secure a permanent base in Lincolnshire in a bid to grow its profile south of the river.