Southampton: Griffon Hoverwork creates new jobs

World leader in the design, manufacture and operation of hovercraft, Griffon Hoverwork is doubling the size of its apprenticeship scheme. New jobs are being created in Southampton by the Woolston-based company, where 20 young people will be given the chance to carve long-term careers. 

Griffon Hoverwork is looking to develop specialist talent in a number of key areas and is currently working in partnership with City College Southampton to find the best candidates.

Engineering director Mike Chalkley said: “As a company we take great pride in developing young talent. We are seeking to find people who have a desire to learn, work hard and improve their skills.”

Successful applicants will become part of an entrepreneurial team, while gaining practical experience from both college-based and on-the-job development. Apprenticeships are being developed and offered from September 2013 for a variety of skills including: marine engineering, electrical engineering, outfitting, composites, aluminium wielding and fabrication, design, and stores management and customer service.

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.”

Chalkley will be presenting an overview of the scheme on Saturday June 15, from 10am to 1pm, at an open event at the hub, city college, where he will offer more information and answer questions.

Griffon Hoverwork craft operate in over 40 countries, from South America to the Middle East and the Arctic. The company recently won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise due to success as an international exporter.