The Esh Group is going into the teaching business.
The firm is creating a new Esh Academy to draw together Esh Added Value, Esh Training Solutions and group HR activities across the North East, Yorkshire, Scottish Borders and Cumbria under one banner.
At Esh Group our business is built on great people and as it expands and develops we believe that a great apprenticeship programme is essential to future-proofing that growth.Brian Manning
The Esh Academy building is part of a £3.6million development which also includes an extension to the main office block and an incubator building.
The two-storey 370m2 building will stand next to Esh Group’s Bowburn headquarters and be the focal point for the 150 apprentices the firm has committed to taking on over the three years to 2017.
The fully accessible building will feature a range of high-quality indoor training facilities including syndicate rooms, administration offices, areas for the trainees to meet and study and an outdoor training area for construction plant and materials handling training.
Group training manager Tricia Mullen said: “It is really exciting that we will soon have our own dedicated facilities from which Esh Academy will be run.
“We’re well on the way to achieving our commitment of taking on 150 apprentices over three years.
“So far we’ve taken on 107 apprentices – almost seven per cent of our total workforce – across the range of business operations and across all areas in which we operate and our retention rate is just under 90%.”
The apprenticeships available at Esh Group cover a wide range of roles including plumbing, business administration, painting and decorating, electrical, quantity surveying, construction engineering, landscaping, carpentry and joinery, bricklaying, groundworks and drainage, vehicle maintenance and IT.
Group chief executive Brian Manning said: “At Esh Group we have a long-standing tradition of ‘growing our own’ a number of directors and senior managers started as apprentices – including me.
“My apprenticeship gave me the chance to work on construction sites from day one.
“Together with day release at college this gave me a great understanding of the industry.
“Running alongside that, we are all aware of the skills gap which exists.
“At Esh Group our business is built on great people and as it expands and develops we believe that a great apprenticeship programme is essential to future-proofing that growth.
“Esh Academy is about us taking responsibility for making sure we’ve got those great people coming through.”