Esh Academy announces 150 apprentice roles

The County Durham-headquartered Esh Group is opening up opportunities for young people across the business

Brian Manning, chief executive of Esh Group
Brian Manning, chief executive of Esh Group

Construction and property company Esh Group has announced it will be taking on 150 apprentices over the next three years.

The County Durham-headquartered group, which employs around 1,150 people across the North East, Cumbria, Scotland and Yorkshire, will provide opportunities in everything from construction through to finance, administration and support under the Esh Academy banner.

The move, which comes shortly after the firm’s announcement that 70 new jobs would be created on the back of increased demand, is aimed at drawing together the employability, training and recruitment already being delivered through Esh Added Value, Esh Training Solutions and the Esh HR team.

In the last academic year alone, for example, 6,200 students at schools benefitted from the Building My Skills programme, delivered by Esh Group and its business partners.

Esh Group chief executive Brian Manning said: “We’re now looking to add real ‘bite’ by offering traineeships and jobs to some of the youngsters who successfully come through our already very effective employability programmes which we deliver with our business partners.

“We believe the offer of jobs is a massive incentive for students and really highlights the importance of preparing themselves for employment – and the excitement and reward of being offered and getting proper employment.

“We hope our business partners will join forces with us and take on board this approach and that we will be able to extend the opportunity to the work we have done with ex-offenders and social enterprises such as Changing Lives.”

Proud to back apprenticeships

Esh Academy will be managed by Esh Training Solutions, the training arm of Esh Group, and is set to take on its first cohort of around 50 apprentices this summer, starting with school leavers this month.

The company is also looking to expand its graduate training and traineeship programes, as well as upskilling its existing workforce.

Manning added that the firm supported the Journal’s Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign as businesses of all kinds could benefit from the route.

“The industry needs young people,” he said.

“Young people bring innovation.

“We aim to make the training more bespoke and to open it up so that subcontractors and other members of our supply chain can take advantage too.”

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