Hunter engineering firm recognised among state's best

Hyden Engineering has been recognised for its commitment to Vocational Education and Training (VET) at the 2019 Group Training Awards.

The Awards were hosted by the National Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT in Sydney on Friday 18 October.

Hyden Engineering was named Small Host Employer of the Year, celebrating the company’s 12-year partnership with HVTC.

Since 2007, the Maitland-based engineering firm has hosted six HVTC apprentices who undertook on-the-job training with the business as part of the practical training requirements of their apprenticeships. Another two HVTC apprentices and one trainee are currently hosted to Hyden.

Hyden’s Financial Controller Sue Kerry said the whole team was excited when they received the good news that Hyden had won the award.

“We are all very proud of this achievement, but we could not have done it without HVTC’s support,” she said.

“Bringing apprentices onboard has been a great asset to our culture, giving tradesmen the opportunity to give back by mentoring the apprentices and sharing their knowledge.

“We employ apprentices because they are keen and eager for knowledge, which is uplifting to all. At the end of their training, Hyden will have great tradesmen with knowledge and skills uniquely tailored to our business and the way we operate.

“The quality of our apprentices and trainee is a testament to HVTC’s expertise in group training, but also the dedication of our Field Officers Karen Eveleigh and Kellie Marks. HVTC make taking on apprentices a breeze and I’d like to thank them for their continued support.”

HVTC CEO Sharon Smith congratulated the team at Hyden on their award-win, acknowledging the holistic training measures the company has introduced to support the learning and development of its employees, including HVTC’s hosted apprentices and trainees.

“During our 13-year tenure, Hyden have implemented a range of training measures to enhance the learning experience for their employees, including their HVTC hosted apprentices and trainees,” Smith said.

“This includes one-on-one supervision between the apprentices and a tradesman with more than 30 years’ industry experience, as well as adapting training methods to suit each individual’s learning preferences and needs.

“Hyden also installed a software package called ‘Teams’ to ensure all tradesmen are available and utilised to assist apprentices in any way required and set up the apprentices’ work benches amongst the general tradesmen so that they all work in the same workspace and apprentices are given continual guidance and support.”

Smith added that Hyden should be commended on their unwavering commitment to Vocational Education and Training.

“Hyden are big advocates of having apprentices in their business and see the benefits of working with HVTC and engaging them in the Group Training model,” she said.\

“It’s no surprise given recent research by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) which found that Group Training Organisations achieve higher completion rates than direct employment, ensuring greater returns on training investments.

“During the mining industry downturn Hyden had to hand back HVTC apprentices they were hosting at the time.

“However, Hyden recognised the value of apprentices in future-proofing their skills needs and as soon as things turned around Hyden once again engaged apprentices through HVTC.

“It is a credit to Hyden that an apprentice that was handed back during this time has returned to work with Hyden in a trade role upon completion of his apprenticeship. That individual is still working there today and is now mentoring and training our current apprentices.

“Hyden are very deserving recipients of this Award and we look forward to working with them for many more years to come. Once again, congratulations to Sue Kerry, Operations Manager Ben Ifield and the rest of the Hyden team.”

five men in high vis standing in front of Hyden Engineering sign