Here at Esh Group, we nurture a culture which empowers our staff and encourages personal and professional development via training and upskilling of our workforce. To develop the workforce of the future, we also offer apprenticeship, graduate and university placement opportunities across our operational areas.

  • Apprenticeships

    Apprentices are an important part of our culture here at Esh Group, with many of our senior management team beginning their careers as an apprentice.

    Our Esh Academy has been developed to responsibly recruit and nurture apprentices according to business need. We made a strategic business decision to develop our own workforce of the future by recruiting 150 new apprentices over a 3-year period and, in 2016, we were proud to welcome our 150th apprentice to the Group.

    We offer over 15 different apprenticeship pathways in a range of disciplines, from site and office to customer service roles. There are apprentices in almost all areas of Esh Group; including support services such as health & safety, IT, human resources and training.

    In February 2018, we formally opened the The Brian Manning Academy building, a purpose-built facility to accommodate a range of training activities for apprenticeship programmes, graduate trainees and upskilling of our staff.

    We receive, read and monitor all progress reviews from the apprenticeship provider and provide additional advice and support to apprentices who need it. We invest time in our apprentices, so they grow into well-rounded, experienced and valued members of our team.

    We currently have 119 apprentices, equating to 12% of our workforce. 81% of apprentices with a 2017 planned end date completed their apprenticeship. 99% of apprentices also gained full-time employment on completion of their apprenticeship, either with Esh Group or elsewhere in the industry.

    In 2017, Esh Academy won the National Civil Engineering Contractor’s Association ‘Inspiring Communities’ award.

  • Higher & Further Education

    Esh Group works with higher and further education establishments to encourage students to consider the construction industry as a career and to help them develop their employability skills.

    We offer 12-50 week undergraduate and gap year placements across various business sectors that allow students to gain first-hand experience of the industry. All students who are offered gap year placements have a mentor who will advise and guide them through real-life business situations.

    We are pleased to have offered a number of student’s permanent job positions following their placements with us.

  • Training

    We do all we can to support a motivated and competent workforce, we encourage all employees to develop new skills. Everyone has a ‘Training Passport’ which records their training requirements and course completions.

    We appreciate all employees are individuals and have different training needs and provide a suite of 80 softer skills training courses. Each member of staff has at least one annual Performance Development Review conducted by their line manager. Development training is agreed as part of the process and booked through Esh Group’s training team.

    Within the last calendar year, we have invested over £900,000 in training and we are proud to have won several regional and national awards which recognise our commitment to development training. This includes the Civil Engineering Contractors Association Training Company of the Year.

  • Armed Forces

    At Esh Group we recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business. Recruiting and retaining valued employees with transferable skill sets is essential to our success.

    We are very proud to have been awarded the Silver Covenant as part of the Employer Recognition Scheme, which encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.

    We have created strong links with Careers Transition Partnership to support service leavers and the spouses of military families and are currently finalising our own page on the Transition web site.

    We have a tailored career pathway for service leavers and offer employment to Reservists under the Transition Reservist Employment Support Trial. We also support local Armed Forces cadet units with work experience and site visits, provide the Armed Forces Careers team access to over 1,500 students as part of our award winning Building My Skills Programme. We recently entered some of our employees into ‘Executive Stretch’ allowing them to find out about the Reserve service.

    To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant and what it means for you visit:

  • Everyone Safely Home

    Esh Group’s Everyone Safely Home campaign is designed to keep people safe across our business and the communities in which we operate. It’s a vision of health and safety practice that has helped us dramatically reduce our Accident Incidence Rate to well below the construction industry average.

    We have a dedicated health and safety team of 11, who cover all companies within our operational areas. They also write our health and safety policy, which is reviewed annually and available to all staff. We work hard to make sure that our H&S policy is well known, respected and implemented by our employees and supply chain.

    Esh Group has established a set of Whistle Blowing procedures to encourage any person or organisations to raise concerns in an appropriate manner. These procedures are also designed to support the rate of detection of poor practice and when necessary, bring about appropriate corrective action. We have independent confidential reporting regarding:

    • Fraud Bribery & Corruption
    • Unethical Conduct
    • Anti-competitive behaviour
    • Environmental concerns
    • Bullying & Harrassment
    • Discrimination
    • Health & Safety

    Call: 0800 915 1571, report online at:, or email:

  • Equality & Diversity

    We understand the importance of having equality for all employees here at Esh Group. We also strive to be the employer of choice, provide opportunities for all, value diversity and promote inclusion. We have an inclusive culture where every staff member is treated with respect and dignity. Most importantly, we ensure everyone has the same opportunities to progress and meet their full potential.

    We are committed to creating an inclusive environment where no employee, or prospective employee, service user, client, potential user or job applicant receives unfair treatment based on the protected characteristics in our Equality and Diversity Policy.

    We believe that discrimination, harassment and bullying are unacceptable and aim to provide a working environment free from discrimination or harassment. We have set guidelines for employees to follow if they feel like they are victims of discrimination via a confidential whistleblowing hotline telephone number.

    We are proud to have been accredited to the CITB Be Fair Framework.

    Our Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Statement sets out the steps that Esh Group has taken, and is continuing to take, to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.

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