A team of four new apprentices have been recruited by EN:Able Futures for host company Esh Construction through our award-winning Shared Apprenticeship Service to support the £15m Hummersea Hills development in Loftus, where 128 new homes are being built.
The new recruits are local to the area and will be learning their chosen trades of Bricklaying and Carpentry to a high level of skill that will set them up for a bright future in construction once they have completed their qualification.
The Loftus housing development is being delivered by Esh Construction on behalf of Beyond Housing and will provide 85 homes for affordable rent or rent to buy. A further 43 apartments, houses, and bungalows will have care and support services from an on-site support hub.
Mark Binns, Construction Director at Esh Construction: “We are delighted to welcome the new apprentices to site. Working alongside Efficiency North will enable us to provide a well-rounded training experience as well as ensuring the young people receive any pastoral and education support if they should need it.
“There is a clear skills shortage in the industry and shared apprenticeship schemes will help bridge this gap by training and developing talented individuals, who are ultimately the workforce of the future. At Esh, we believe in employing local, buying local and providing maximum benefit for our clients and their communities, a core value which is very much aligned with Efficiency North.”
Among the recruits is Kyle, aged 17, who lives just three miles from site. He said: “I previously studied Level 1 carpentry and joinery at Middlesbrough College and have been extremely lucky to secure a Level 2 joinery apprenticeship with EN:Able Futures so I can progress towards a career in construction.
“So far on site with Esh Construction, I have been training in first fix joinery, learning about installing stud wall frames and how roof trusses are installed. I’ve got a really creative mindset and have enjoyed doing some joinery work at home, so would like to develop a career in joinery full time on construction sites.”
The housing scheme was procured via the EN:Procure New Build Housing framework, with commitments made at procurement stage by Esh Construction to deliver social and economic value benefits for the local area, including job creation for apprentices and funding for community projects.
Hannah Norton, Development Coach at EN:Able Futures: “These apprenticeship opportunities were made possible due to the housing development being procured through EN:Procure’s New Build Housing framework.
“These types of partnerships can be crucial in delivering quality apprenticeships as together we offer a cohesive package of support along with valuable sector specific work experience on-site and quality teaching delivery through the college.”
Each of our new apprentices are soon to be enrolled onto their apprenticeships with Cleveland and Redcar College, where they will be attending the Redcar campus on a day release basis.
They will continue working in their roles with EN:Able futures as their direct employer and Esh Construction as their hosting company. These types of partnerships can be crucial in delivering quality apprenticeships as by together we offer a cohesive package of support along with valuable sector specific work experience on-site and quality teaching delivery through the college.
Meet the Apprentices: