Hamworthy Heating encourages young people to study science and maths at ‘Big Bang’ event

Representatives from Hamworthy Heating encouraged young people to pursue the study of science, technology, engineering and maths by carrying out live boiler demonstrations at the Bournemouth and Poole College’s ‘Big Bang’ event on Monday July 7 and Tuesday July 8.

Held at the Bournemouth and Poole College’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) centre, the event aimed to inspire young people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics by showcasing the wealth of opportunities the study of these subjects can lead to.

Being at the forefront of energy efficient commercial heating and hot water solutions, the Hamworthy Heating team allowed students a close up view of a boiler burner being fired up.

During the event staff from Hamworthy Heating met hundreds of Year 7 and 8 students from local schools to demonstrate gas boiler combustion and give advice about training and qualifications. The students had the opportunity to meet leading local employers in the engineering industry.

Hamworthy Heating design engineer Graham Nickless said: “Events like the Big Bang are undoubtedly one of the best ways to show young people the wide range of opportunities available to those with qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths. It’s very exciting to think these students could eventually be part of the next generation committed to finding long term solutions to the environmental issues which will continue to affect them.”

The company’s attendance at the ‘Big Bang’ forms part of Hamworthy Heating’s commitment to young people in the local community. The firm also supports the Enterprise and Skills Challenge and the Young Enterprise employability programme.

For more information about Hamworthy Heating’s community projects and sustainable products, visit www.hamworthy-heating.com. Those with projects supporting skills development for young people who would to like to approach Hamworthy Heating for support are invited to email [email protected]

Hardworking staff celebrated at Hamworthy Heating summer party

Hamworthy Heating held a staff family fun day in recognition of the hard work employees have contributed to the company’s success so far this year. 

More than 200 employees and their families attended the firm’s celebrations where they were treated to a programme bursting with team games, prizes and entertainment. A display by Liberty’s Falconry Experience was particularly popular on the day, when birds of prey performed impressive feats in the air before greeting interested spectators one-to-one.

The company, which is celebrating its 100 year old roots this year, also provided a free barbeque, face painting and Punch and Judy shows, while a raffle, lucky dip and ‘fishing for ducks’ stall raised more than £330 for Forest Holme Hospice, Hamworthy Heating’s charity of the year for 2014.

Bob Walsh, technical director at Hamworthy Heating, commented: “In the 1960s, our parent company, Hamworthy Engineering, said: The development of Hamworthy (Company) has depended on people who in their various capacities have served the company loyally and well. It is they who count most . . . whatever we say the company has done, they did. The same is true of Hamworthy Heating today. So we were very keen to recognise the hard work of all our employees in a day of celebration they could share with their nearest and dearest.’

While Hamworthy Heating is at the forefront of providing energy efficient commercial heating and hot water solutions the firm enjoys a solid reputation for its old fashioned values in caring for staff and the community. So far this year the company’s corporate social responsibility programme has included the donation of two brand new boilers to Forest Home Hospice, a team of staff committed to clearing rubbish from local beauty spot Hatch Pond, mentoring students from local schools and a donation of trees to Tucker’s Field community meadow.

For more information about Hamworthy Heating’s community projects and sustainable products, visit www.hamworthy-heating.com

Hamworthy Heating provides test job interviews for enterprising young people at Carter Community School

Mr Phillips, left, Stuart Turner, and Julie Shaw of Hamworthy Heating, centre, Maggie Ayre, right, with Young Enterprise students at Carter Community School, Hamworthy

Commercial boiler manufacturer Hamworthy Heating has provided mock job interviews for pupils at Carter Community School in Hamworthy as part of a ‘Young Enterprise’ scheme to help young people develop the key skills needed to move into work, further education or training.

Eighteen pupils aged between 13 and 14, were asked to ‘apply’ from a wide range of jobs from ‘Hotel Receptionist’ to a ‘Police Officer in the Royal Navy’ and ‘booked’ their interview over the telephone.

Pupils were then interviewed in person by managers at Hamworthy Heating with questions typical of a ‘real’ interview job-seekers would encounter in today’s competitive market place, including; “do you prefer working on your own or as part of a team?” and “please give me an example of where you have had to work with conflicting deadlines.”

Feedback was then provided on the relevance of their answers, body language and general interview etiquette such as hand-shaking, eye contact and appropriate clothing.

Maggie Ayre, Young Enterprise Manager, explained: “The pupils are taking part in the prestigious Employability, Empowerment and Enterprise programme which is run in 18 schools across Dorset.  The strength of the programme lies in using volunteers from local business to mentor the pupils and culminates in every participant doing a mock interview which we make as realistic as possible.”

Stuart Turner, southern regional sales manager at Hamworthy Heating, commented: “Job interviews are daunting at the best of times but it’s especially nerve-wracking for young people leaving education for the first time, particularly as they will be entering an extremely competitive jobs market where making a good first impression is critical.

He added “Hopefully today’s mock interviews have gone some way in helping these bright young people make the best of all they can offer.”

The Prince’s Trust reports around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training and with youth unemployment costing the UK economy £10 million a day in lost productivity, while youth crime costs £1 billion every year.

For more information about Hamworthy Heating’s community projects or to invite Hamworthy Heating to get involved in your own project, please email [email protected] or visit www.hamworthy-heating.com/csr.

Hamworthy Heating staff commit to protecting Hatch Pond wildlife reserve in 2014

The Hamworthy Heating Team join forces for Pond Watch

Hamworthy Heating staff have committed to keeping a local wildlife reserve as nature intended for the second year running. 

The Poole based company, which makes commercial boilers, is situated just yards from local beauty spot Hatch Pond and formed a staff ‘Pond Watch’ team in August last year.

This May will see the 10 strong troop join forces with Poole Borough Council for a second year, helping to litter pick, water plants and keep an eye on Hatch Pond’s diverse array of wildlife throughout the summer months.

As well as being home to mute swans, great crested grebes and bitterns, the wildlife reserve is also a favourite haunt for fishermen and hosts an oak tree planted by children from Canford Heath Middle School to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.

Staff at Hamworthy Heating are granted time to assist with the ‘Pond Watch’ scheme during work hours as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.

Bob Walsh, technical director and head of Hamworthy Heating’s CSR committee, said: “Giving back to the area we work in is very high on our list of priorities. Hatch Pond is a little oasis rarely found in such an urban area and with it being a stone’s throw from our company doorstep, we get real satisfaction in helping to keep it clean and tidy so we were very happy to commit our time to the project for a second year.”

Liz Williams, Environmental Enhancement Officer, Borough of Poole, commented: “We are delighted the Hamworthy Heating team will be joining us on ‘Pond Watch’ again this year. The company’s support demonstrates the way in which every individual can make a difference by helping to look after the areas that they work and live in.”

For those interested in inviting Hamworthy Heating to support local projects aimed at improving the environment are invited to email [email protected].

More information about Hamworthy Heating’s CSR programme can be found at www.hamworthy-heating.com/csr .

Hamworthy Heating appeals for ‘memories’ as centenary approaches

Hamworthy Heating is asking local people to come forward with their memories of the company’s history. 

The national commercial boiler manufacturer, based in Fleetsbridge, Poole, will be celebrating its 100 year old roots in June this year and is gathering stories and photographs about the company’s heritage.

Opened in 1914 by founders Percy and Sidney Hall, ‘Hamworthy Engineering Company Ltd’ has played a large role in shaping the economy of Poole as we know it today.

Originally housed on Poole Quay, the business quickly built a worthy reputation for high quality products, selling pumps and compressors for use in marine engineering – a side of the company that expanded rapidly during the First and Second World Wars.

The exceptional standard of products earned the firm one of the first Admiralty ‘Class A’ certificates to be issued to any firm in Britain and allowed products to be accepted without further quality control checks.

Post-war Britain saw the firm diversify products in order to thrive; joining with British Combustion Equipment Limited and providing oil-fired industrial installations – an innovative concept produced by the firm ahead of its time.

New ideas and exceptional quality saw the company expand to larger premises on ‘Fleets Corner’ in 1954, where Hamworthy Heating’s Head Office remains today.

During 1988 the rapid expansion of Hamworthy Engineering resulted in the company taking a fresh look at its diverse operations, which, although using related engineering skills, were each meeting different needs for different industries.

From the original divisions came new subsidiaries, each one registered as a Limited company in its own right and the company known as Hamworthy Heating was born.

Bob Walsh, technical director at Hamworthy Heating, said: “In the 1960’s, the Hamworthy company said: The development of Hamworthy (Company) has depended on people who in their various capacities have served the company loyally and well. It is they who count most . . . whatever we say the company has done, they did. The same is true of Hamworthy Heating today and we are so keen to gather the memories people have of the Hamworthy Company’s part in the local community.” 

He added: “Tracing our company history gives us a fascinating insight into the part it has played in shaping our local community, and in turn, how the local community has shaped the path of our business. We would be delighted if people could share their memories of the firm’s past with us, as our company’s role in the local community is extremely important to us.”

Hamworthy Heating hopes to use the memories collected to create a special exhibition panel of the Hamworthy firm’s past. To submit memories, please call Ellie Cowley at Liz Lean PR on 01202 701828 or email [email protected] before Wednesday 30 April.

For more information about Hamworthy Heating’s community projects and sustainable products, visit www.hamworthy-heating.com.