Over the last forty years Hawkins Group of Companies in Oxfordshire, has seen significant and sustained growth, leading to a huge recruitment drive.
Hawkins Group is one of the UK’s fastest growing construction companies offering turnkey solutions to clients across the country and further afield.
Founded in 1978 by Mick Hawkins as a sole trader, the company quickly became known for its quality and reliable service, building the basis for a fantastic reputation the group is proud of today.
Mick’s son Mike Hawkins took the helm as Group Managing Director in 2014. Since then, the company has achieved huge growth in turnover, staff numbers, premises and divisions within the business.
Mike Hawkins knows that people are at the heart of the business and with the right people on the team, Hawkins will continue to go from strength to strength.
Mike Hawkins said “Everyone at Hawkins is committed, hardworking and passionate about what they do”
In the last five years the company has increased turnover by more than 82 per cent and now has a broader client base, with more technical and diverse projects being delivered. Hawkins now occupies three buildings at its headquarters on Thorpe Way Industrial Estate in Banbury, which now includes a creative customer experience and dedicated innovation and technical centre.
Mike believes in investing in new technologies, equipment and a skilled workforce, which has resulted in the group’s remarkable and growing reputation for innovation in delivering complex engineering and construction projects.
As an employer, Hawkins strives to provide a positive and fun working environment that focuses on comfort, collaboration and creativity to promote effectiveness and success. Hawkins embraces continuous improvement and strives to enhance staff engagement, job satisfaction and wellbeing.
Hawkins’ dedication to employees and success is celebrated in its multiple award-winning history having won most notably: Employer of the Year, Family Business of the Year and Business of the Year twice in the Cherwell Business Awards, Cotswold Life Awards, Oxfordshire Business Awards and Thames Valley Business Awards.
The company’s cores values of cores values of integrity, reliability, passion, professionalism, quality, innovation, people and community are something that has been instilled within the business since its first day of trading.
Nurturing these traditional family values across the business is why Mike Hawkins believes the company is a great place to work.
| Attracting and retaining individuals with drive and ambition is a key priority…
For employees, learning and development starts the day they join. A personalised training programme gives new starters the tools and information to settle into their new roles smoothly. Developing everyone’s potential means employees are encouraged to be curious, share ideas, support each other and seek new ways to approach every challenge.
Some Hawkins key staff and high achievers didn’t start out in construction –they changed career paths in pursuit of a career and Hawkins invested in them to achieve a win win for everyone.
James Morrison, CAD Technician with the Hawkins Steel division said: “Since I hung up my apron as a chef and built a new career in Hawkins Drawing Office as a CAD technician, I have continued to grow, and so has Hawkins, but despite their extraordinary growth they have never lost the close-knit, caring environment that originally attracted me. It is a pleasure to work for a company with real determination that treat their staff so well.”
Everyone at Hawkins, at all levels, enjoys being hands-on, helping drive the business forward, and that includes the site supervisors and contracts managers, who are vital for its success.
They represent Hawkins every day and embody the company’s professionalism, customer service, safety and quality standards. They also play an important role in translating vision into action, which is why Hawkins is currently investing in upskilling its front-line leaders.
Matt Cartwright, Contracts Manager in the Hawkins Projects division said: “The growth, attitude and capability of our team to take on more complex and interesting jobs means there is nothing that we can’t do.”
| Hawkins Group is committed to developing the construction professionals of tomorrow…
The UK construction sector faces challenges with current labour shortages. Recruitment pressures will only get worse unless companies invest now in training and development.
Hawkins understands this and is encouraging young people into the construction sector. Last June the group held an apprentice open day, working with local schools, colleges and sports clubs to promote careers in construction. The investment into the open day was significant. But as a result, Hawkins took on its largest and most diverse intake of apprentices to date.
The senior leadership team are committed to the Hawkins apprentice recruitment strategy.
Continuing to build strong relationships with their local communities and the wider construction community to positively shape the outlook of a career in construction is a key for the group. Using a blend of conventional and strategic recruitment methods, they are renowned in the local area for being an employer of choice and is continually on the lookout for great people to strengthen the team.
| A career at Hawkins…
Its commitment, investment and belief in its people is why so many employees stay with the Hawkins family for many years – more than half their employees qualify for the long service award.
Hawkins’ values and cares for its employees and offers many benefits to support their physical and mental health and wellbeing, including access to structured counselling, employee assistance programme and other health providers.
The company enjoys hosting team social events such as summer BBQ’s, family days, long service award days out, a Christmas party and other team building activities. It also brings its team together to support charity fundraisers such as cake sales and this year is organising a Hawkins team triathlon to raise money for the local hospice.
Hawkins is a growing business with endless careers opportunities and always wants to hear from new talent. In addition to apprentices, semi-skilled and skilled workers, the firm are also looking for experienced Contract Managers.
If you are looking to build your career in construction, get in touch with the team today at firstname.lastname@example.org