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HBS Apprentice Spotlight on Ollie Docherty

To support National Apprenticeship Week, we are showcasing some motivating stories of how our apprentices are progressing in their chosen careers. We will also be exploring how they are helping the business adapt and build for the future during what has been a challenging year.

Today we speak with Ollie Docherty who recently completed his NVQ Level 2 Plumbing and Heating Apprenticeship with HBS.

During his time as an HBS plumbing apprentice, Ollie was able to study for his qualification at Eastleigh College and gain plumbing and heating experience with the support of his supervisor on several new build housing sites in Hampshire.

Now qualified, Ollie is part of the HBS workforce as an improver. He is supporting the delivery of high-quality plumbing and heating works whilst maintaining safe procedures at Bellway Homes Meadow View in Romsey.

Here’s what Ollie had to say about his apprenticeship experience and why he chose to start his career with HBS.

Why did you choose HBS for your plumbing and heating apprenticeship?

The reason I chose HBS for my apprenticeship was guidance from my father who knows HBS MD Kevin Bull and many other plumbing firms in the area. But out of them all, HBS was the best ran company.

How was your experience of the HBS apprenticeship?

My experience as a plumbing apprentice at HBS was an enjoyable one. You spend a lot of time at work and need to find something you enjoy. HBS made plumbing exactly that for me.

Now you’re qualified, how has the HBS apprenticeship kickstarted your plumbing career?

Whilst the current climate is very unprecedented, HBS kickstarted my career by making me an improver with close relations with a very good plumber who taught me. This has allowed me to widen my knowledge and skill and allowed me to earn more money whilst still taking time and care in my work.

What are your future career goals?

My future goals are to be a price work plumber and to earn some great money and have a good name for myself at HBS.

Outside of work, what are your hobbies/interests?

Outside of work my hobbies are mainly gym, I enjoy training and being active.

Paul Bailey, Operations Director, HBS Mechanical commented:
“Ollie has from the outset shown his commitment to training and developing the skills required to complete his apprenticeship. He has established himself as a consistent engineer and an integral part of our team, he has a great future with HBS.”

Look out for more stories on Facebook, Linkedin and our website this week as we celebrate the achievements of some of our rising stars for National Apprenticeship Week 2021. To discover more information about the HBS Apprenticeship Scheme please visit the HBS Careers page.

About the National Apprenticeship Week

The 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week date will take place from 8 to 14 February 2021. National Apprenticeship Week is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England and is a time to recognise and applaud the brilliant work being done by employers and apprentices across the country.

Find out more about National Apprenticeship Week 2021 at


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