Griffon Hoverwork, the world leader in the design, manufacture and operation of hovercraft, is to become one of the largest employers of young apprentices in Southampton. Due to the expansion of the world hovercraft market, the company has a strong order book and needs to develop specialist talent in a number of key areas.
Apprenticeships are being developed and offered for a variety of skills, including marine engineering, electrical engineering, outfitting, composites, aluminium welding and fabrication, design, and stores management and customer service.
Mike Chalkley, Engineering Director at GHL, explained "As a company we take great pride in developing young talent. We are seeking to find a further 20 apprentices who are keen to start a long term career in engineering, have a desire to learn, work hard and improve their skills. Prior experience is less important than having the right aptitude and attitude, as we know we can take good people and turn them into the professional artisans that we need".
Working in partnership with Southampton City College and Griffon Hoverwork, successful applicants will become part of an entrepreneurial team, whilst gaining practical experience from both college based and on the job development.
Southampton Itchen MP John Denham said: " This is wonderful news for the city's economy and a great opportunity for young people wanting to embark on an apprenticeship scheme. It shows how companies such as the world leading Griffon Hoverwork are interested in training and investing in young people."
An open morning will be held at Southampton City College on Saturday 15th June, starting at 10.00am until 1.00pm to present the apprentice and career opportunities that are available at Griffon Hoverwork starting from September 2013. Both future apprentices and parents are welcome to attend the event.
Mike Chalkley and Emily Howes, Head of HR at Griffon Hoverwork, will be presenting an overview of the company, it's apprentice scheme, and will be available to answer any questions throughout the morning
Griffon Hoverwork craft operate in over 40 countries; ranging from the humid jungles of South America to the dry heat of the Middle East and to the frozen ice fields of the Arctic. The company recently won a Queen's Award for Enterprise due to success as an International Exporter.
Special open morning to be held at City College Southampton on (15th) June 2013