Over 70 applications for apprenticeship scheme

14th May 2018 11:37am - Return to press releases

Over 70 applications for apprenticeship scheme

East Riding College received over 70 applications for a handful of apprenticeship vacancies at one company in April.  Interviews were held at the College earlier in the month for the joinery apprentice posts at Eco-Modular Buildings in Hull.  The Hull-based off-site construction organisation leads the way in the provision of state-of-the-art educational buildings, manufactured utilising Six Sigma and Lean methodologies.

After the College narrowed the field, just under 30 candidates were invited to attend an open day at the modular building company’s premises on Sutton Fields Industrial Estate in Hull on 28th April.  The shortlisted applicants underwent a further selection process and got a chance to meet potential future colleagues and the company’s current apprentices, as well as see the impressive new factory. 

 The modular building industry is growing and expansion is particularly prevalent in Yorkshire and the Humber.  Modular building consists of building from prefabricated sections or modules, constructed off site and installed on site.  The modules are joined together to make a single building.  Most projects designed, manufactured and installed by Eco Modular are bespoke to customers’ requirements and include schools, hotels, houses and retail stores.  The company deliver stylish, cost-effective and high quality environmentally friendly buildings. 

 The bench joinery apprentice posts will work at the company’s specilised facility pre-assembling buildings through carrying out tasks such as cutting timber, insulating floors, partitions and external walls, building roofs, decking floors, building external wall panels and assembling base units and worktops.

 Richard Sellick, Director of Business Programmes at East Riding College said, “I think one of the reasons why the roles at Eco Modular recruited so well is because modular building is quite a modern and innovative industry, attractive to young people who want to become skilled tradespeople.  It’s not just about learning practical skills, the job involves understanding and interpreting manufacturing specifications and drawings and working to extremely high standards of quality.  The apprentices are expected to achieve a good level of English and maths and the applicants all had to pass initial assessments in literacy and numeracy to progress through the process.”

Dan Pollard, Chief Manufacturing Officer for the company said, “We’re growing fast, which means our team development programmes are key to helping us get to where we want to be.  We’ve worked with East Riding College to deliver training that ensures the highest standard of workmanship, which is key to our success.”