A Liverpool-based mechanical and electrical engineering firm has welcomed its newest recruit - the result of piloting a unique, recruitment approach.
In a bold bid to transform the way the industry recruits skilled talent, Steven A Hunt & Associates set out to offer valuable on the job training to an undergraduate during their studies, with trainee engineer, Scott Gifford joining the company this week after graduating with a first class honours in modern building services at Liverpool John Moore's University.
Scott was recruited by managing director, Steve Hunt, to work within the company throughout the duration of his three year studies at the university, working two days a week and studying for three. During the summer months Scott experienced full time paid work at the company, gaining further industry experience. This combined strategy also led Scott to be awarded the illustrious Clancy Consulting award, for best BEng Building Services Student in his final year, at his graduation ceremony last weekend.
Managing director, Steve Hunt, is urging other businesses, not solely within the building services industry, to follow suit as his flexible employment strategies reaps rewards:
“I really believe that there should be more opportunities out there for young, hungry individuals to work in this sector. There is so much talent but not all companies are offering flexible solutions. I believe as a current business leader, I have a duty to think creatively and lead by example. More companies within the industry need to rethink how they recruit or we will face major issues in a gap in skills.
“I am so very proud of what Scott has achieved both within his studies and at the company, and he is the prime example of what hard work and determination gets you. I know how hard he has worked, so definitely feel he deserves the award and hopefully this will give the other students the motivation that they need to follow in his footsteps.”
Following graduation, Scott joins the Steven A Hunt & Associates team full time as a project engineer.
The Speke-based business has a team of 20 employees, several of which have also been recruited as apprentices via this new approach to employment, including 20-year-old Connor Evans, who Steve Hunt has been training since the age of sixteen and is now funding through a foundation degree. This new strategy is also not exclusive to young people coming to the industry, with employees such as Peter Wilson, aged 30, re-training in building services via Steven A Hunt & Associates after a career as a plumber.
“I am so grateful for all of the support that Steven Hunt Associates has given me over the last three years. The whole of the team have been fantastic and it has been a pleasure to learn from such a great mentor in Steve.
“To graduate and win the Clancy Consulting award has taken a lot of hard work but I would recommend this way of studying to all, as Steve and the team have definitely helped with my studies, helping me gain first-hand experience of what the sector is really like. I now have a great foot in the door and can start working towards my next goal of becoming a senior engineer.”
"I really believe that there should be more opportunities out there for young, hungry individuals to work in this sector..."
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