Training for the Future
When it comes to finding the perfect classroom for learning and honing skills in the construction industry, Hutchinson Builders have nailed it. Twice named Large Employer of the Year at the Australian Training Awards, Hutchies has built a reputation not only for skilling young apprentices and cadets, but also for offering unrivalled career progression.
In 2011, and again in 2017, Hutchinson Builders was named Large Employer of the Year at the Australian Training Awards. As a company that prides itself on developing capable, skilled employees for the construction industry, this title is one that’s been held in high regard.
“As a company, we have a big focus on training,” says Peter Lee, Team Leader for the Townsville office. “When we train our team, it’s about more than just teaching skills, we try to provide a career progression plan too. We’re a local company, with a national network, and we train locals to keep building that local capability. That’s our focus, training for the future.”
For many young people looking to start in the construction game, Hutchies has proved a fruitful path. From work experience in Year 10, to school-based apprenticeships in Years 11 and 12, and all the way up the ranks. The same is said for mature-age apprenticeships, looking for a solid career.
“We’ve had many who have started apprenticeships with us and progressed within the company,” says Peter. “There is great potential for career progression here, so while someone may start with us as a carpentry apprentice, we’re really grooming them to become future foremen and site managers. One of our Senior Site Managers, running a $14m construction project at St Pat’s College, began with Hutchies as an apprentice.”
“We’re a local company, with a national network, and we train locals to keep building that local capability. That’s our focus, training for the future.”
All of Hutchies’ carpentry apprentices are actually trained at the company’s own training facility on the Gold Coast. Hutchies Training is an RTO [registered training organisation], which has so far completed more than 20,000 inductions and delivers hands-on, enterprise-based learning experiences. It was originally developed as the Gold Coast School of
Construction, in response to a skills shortage in the construction industry. The school’s course completion rate sits at 90%, compared to the Australian completion rate of 60%.
“Having a Hutchies training school means that we can bring our trainers up here to do training sessions with the apprentices here in our yard, or send our apprentices down there. Being part of a national company, with 19 locations, we also have unrivalled career progression opportunities.”
In a company like Hutchies, opportunities for new careers are regularly available. At the time of writing this article, the Townsville office had just filled positions for a cadet estimator, two carpentry apprentices and had taken on two school-based carpentry apprentices from local high schools. These positions are in addition to the four cadet contract administrators and one cadet safety advisor already in the team.
Anyone interested in a cadetship or apprenticeship should speak to their school or TAFE, or complete an online short application form via the Hutchinson Builders website Careers page. Short applications are kept on file for 12 months.
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