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Lewis Beckingham wins Eastleigh College ‘Apprentice of the Year’

We are extremely proud to announce that Lewis Beckingham, one of HBS Mechanical’s plumbing and heating apprentices has been named as ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at this year’s Eastleigh College Annual Awards. The event celebrates the exceptional achievements of its students and staff over the last academic year.

Lewis was selected above some tough competition to be crowned ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at a ceremony held on 30th November at the Concord Club.

Lewis Beckingham, Plumbing & Heating Apprentice, HBS Group Southern said:

I had a really good time during my 4-year apprenticeship and would like to say a special thank you to both HBS and Eastleigh College for their help and support in guiding me through the qualification.’’


Pictured: HBS Group Southern’s Lewis Beckingham being presented with his award from sponsor Knowhow.

During the evening guests were entertained with a series of videos which described the life-changing impact Eastleigh College has had on each nominee and how they have given each student the opportunity to achieve more than they thought they could.

In attendance were a range of industry representatives who were keen to show their support to the students. Sponsors included leading housebuilder Barratt Homes, University of Southampton, NCFE/CACHE, Knowhow, VTCT, Advanced Engineering and University of Portsmouth.

Paul Bailey, Operations Director, HBS Group Southern commented:

Over the years Eastleigh College has consistently proven its ability to partner with HBS and nurture local talent. These awards are an excellent way to celebrate the hard work and outstanding performance of its students and teachers.

We are delighted to see Lewis gain the recognition he deserves for all his hard work and achievements over the last four years during his apprenticeship. During this time his consistent positive attitude has been noted by all. He will have a great future working with HBS Group Southern.’’

Helping to address the skills shortage in UK housebuilding

HBS Group Southern’s successful Apprenticeship Programme provides excellent opportunities for young people wishing to pursue a career in mechanicalelectrical and renewable energy services. It is delivered in partnership with a local network of colleges and offers some of the best training in the industry.

As one of the South’s leading building services providers, we have the experience and expertise to harness young talent, and train them to learn and work to the highest standard. HBS is committed to improving learning, education and development, whilst helping to reduce the shortage of skilled engineers in the South’s housebuilding sector.

In September we welcomed 16 new apprentices who have now begun training towards their chosen qualification, taking the total number of apprentices enrolled on the programme to 65. For more information please visit our careers page.


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