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Aug 16, 2022

In this podcast show Alison is joined by Ian Hodgkinson, Founder of Hodgkinson Builders, the Bricklayers Academy and the builder behind the BBC series Brickies.

Ian shares how he started out on the tools at 16, going on to build a successful business and then on to helping solve the skills shortage by creating the Bricklayers Academy. This provides the training to budding bricklayers, giving them not only the practical skill, but also the discipline required to have a very rewarding and lucrative career.

Ian has built his organisations on the basis of strong principles and vision – they don’t just build houses, they genuinely make positive social change. This led to him being approached by the BBC to help them make the programme Brickies, which features his apprentices working on site in Derby and shows the reality of the job as well as the benefits of providing a great working environment to young people in construction.