Horbury Academy

At Horbury Group we have a vibrant apprenticeship scheme that we call “Horbury Academy”. We are committed to developing young men and women into skilled tradespeople, technicians, professionals and managers, which will ensure the sustainability of our business in the long term.

Size of the Scheme

The scheme recruits around 20 trade apprentices and 10 technical, professional and management apprentices each year.  The overall aim is to bring 250 qualified staff into our business over 10 years. At the end of 2018, 57 of our employees were active learners at various levels.

Our Partner

In 2017 Horbury formed a strategic partnership with The Sheffield College (TSC).  TSC continues to manage the delivery of Horbury Academy. TSC fulfil our apprentice requirements throughout the UK by leveraging their links with other colleges.

Our Management

Horbury Academy is managed by dedicated managers who make regular visits to sites to ensure apprentices are progressing in line with their training plans and are receiving good support.

Regular appraisals are carried out which incorporate feedback from training partners. We meet with TSC monthly to ensure that Horbury Academy is meeting its objectives.

The Qualifications

Our desire is for each apprentice to complete their training and achieve recognised qualifications.  In the case of tradespeople this will be an NVQ level 2 and in the case of technical, professional and management a qualification at level 3 to 6.

Our Success

2016:  One of our drylining apprentices, Jack Syddall, was awarded the Gold Medal at the Apprentice National Skills Build Final.

2017:  4 apprentices completed their apprenticeship and secured their NVQ level 2.
Ashley Walker (drylining apprentice) reached the final of the Screwfix Trades Apprentice of the Year which was held at Google Headquarters in London.

2018:  Three apprentices completed their apprenticeship and NVQ level 2 qualification.

2019: 11 Apprentices completed

2020: 10 Apprentices completed

2021: 34 Apprentices completed

2022: 6 Apprentices completed

2023: 9 Apprentices completed