15th July 2016

Announced at Esh Group’s AGM Ellie Fraser has been selected from 8 nominees as the winner of the Bob Wall Merit Award 2016.

Ellie joined Esh Training Solutions as an Apprentice Training Administrator, working towards a Level 2 qualification in Business and Administration in 2014. The initial job role involved creating, looking after and maintaining the accuracy of delegate records as well as toolbox talks. The toolbox talks focus on particular safety issues and provided Ellie with an opportunity to further her understanding of the Construction Industry.

Ellie has progressed tremendously and is now working towards a Level 3 qualification in Business and Administration. After growing in confidence, she is now able to talk about the Construction Industry with certainty as well as the 12 companies within the Esh Group.

As a valued member of the team, Ellie has created a unique role for herself which focuses on our apprenticeships programme.

To support and inspire our new apprentices, Ellie is now a recognised CITB Construction Ambassador. This fun, challenging and rewarding role involves representing the wider Construction Industry and sharing personal, positive experiences of construction to potential new entrants. Ellie has represented Esh Group and the wider Construction Industry at numerous Careers Events through CITB.

Ellie is currently mentoring Beth Swainston, Apprentice Training Administrator at Esh Training Solutions. Ellie provides Beth with both personal and professional support as she settles into her new role with Esh Training Solutions. As Beth’s initial point of contact, Ellie monitors Beth’s progress and provides guidance on a daily basis.

Ellie single handedly organised the 2015 Apprentice Induction Event. Based on her personal experiences, Ellie wanted the event to be interactive, fun and provide apprentices with an opportunity to meet representatives from the 12 companies within the Esh Group.

With this in mind, Ellie invited company representatives to exhibit at the induction event. The apprentices visited each stall for 5 minutes, following the timeline of the Group. Ellie managed the event from start to finish and overall over 60 guests attended throughout the day. Highly praised by all who attended, the induction event attracted senior members of staff, as well as Brian Manning, Esh Group Chief Executive.

Since 2014, Ellie has carved out a unique role for herself as an apprenticeships ambassador and her role has changed significantly. This year she will be involved with all aspects of the apprentice recruitment. Her new role involves meeting with senior representatives across the Group to see what apprentice opportunities are available. Once established, Ellie will liaise with HR to ensure all vacancies are advertised on the Esh Group website. She is then responsible for contacting CITB, training providers and all partner colleges to make them aware of the vacancies.  The next step is to sift through applications, organise & conduct apprentice interviews and finally communicating with the successful applicants. Ellie will then continue to support our apprentices through college enrollments and progress reviews so we continue to develop our apprentices once they’re employed.

After recently gaining a CSCS card, Ellie can now go on site with the view to becoming more involved with the apprentice’s progress reviews.

Bob Wall, 51, a married father-of-one, was managing director of Deerness Fencing & Landscaping, part of Esh Group, when he tragically died in 2011 from a rare neurological illness. It was agreed with Bob’s family that Esh Group would create an annual award in his name as a tribute to his dedication of encouraging the younger members of the team.

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