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.