Past apprentice now turned business owner thanks his apprentices on helping drive his business forward.
Greg Hynes, Managing Director at Avenium Engineering, currently employs three apprentices who are excelling in their individual roles.
Georgia Rust, Matty Richardson and Tom Horne all work at Avenium as apprentices supported by Northern Skills Group, the apprenticeship and training arm of Middlesbrough College.
Matty, a Technical Assistant Apprentice, loves the hands-on learning and responsibility:
‘My day is varied, I can spend time in the workshop or be working on my CAD Drawings but whatever it is, it’s always practical.
‘My apprenticeship has helped me mature as a person as it teaches you responsibility, I’m now excited about the future and keen to progress and study for my HNC in Engineering.’
Owner Greg began his career as an apprentice so understands how valuable the opportunity is for his team, he said:
‘I started out as an apprentice and worked my way up so I know first-hand how they can change someone’s career. I want to pass this on to others and create local opportunities for the area.’
Greg founded Avenium Engineering in 2016 after seeing a gap in the oil and gas industry process safety supply services. It was from that early stage Greg decided to invest in apprenticeships so he could build his workforce from the ground up.
‘We hired apprentices from the start, it’s great to see them grow and develop along with the business.
‘You can mould your apprentices and create a knowledgeable team who mirror the core values of the business. An apprenticeship allows them to not only develop in your company but to also learn with the latest technology that’s out there in education.’
Georgia is a great example of where an apprenticeship can take you, being promoted from Sales Administrator to Service Coordinator in just 2 years.
‘As of yesterday I was promoted and am about to start my Level 3 Leadership and Management Apprenticeship, this role is perfect for me as I am very hands on and enjoy learning as I work. Greg believed in me and has helped me realise my full potential.’
Georgia, who won the ‘One to Watch’ award at the Northern Skills Group Apprenticeship Awards thinks more young people should think about an apprenticeship:
‘I would encourage people to consider an apprenticeship if they prefer to learn in a practical environment, you gain invaluable experience and have the opportunity to learn on the job.’
Now recruiting for his fourth apprentice to join the team, Greg is excited about the future of Avenium Engineering.
‘I see the business growing from strength to strength and our apprentices being a fundamental part of that growth. We’re looking to recruit another Sales Administrator Apprentice as Georgia progresses into a managerial role, we plan to further develop all of our apprentices so they can progress within the business.’
To find out more about the apprenticeships available to grow your business, visit northernskills.co.uk.