Ebsford Environmental shortlisted for Apprenticeship Award

Ebsford Environmental Ltd based at Nostell Priory has just received recognition for their commitment to apprenticeships & developing young people in Wakefield District.

The company, founded 5 years ago with an initial 3 employees with a clear aim to offer low impact Environmental solutions dealing with invasive vegetation and aquatic environments has grown to over 20 staff and a turnover in 2015 of £2m. Apprenticeships have been instrumental in helping the business to grow.

Nick Hartley MD states

“As an environmental company, out whole ethos is linked to social economics and our works are always linked to community issues, we saw that reducing worklessness and raising the skill levels in the areas we work within should form a key part of the work we do. Through the support of the Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub we have been able to give opportunities to vulnerable young people and part of the recruitment process has been to consider not only who would be a right fit for Ebsford but also where Ebsford could make a difference to people in the community.

One of the key factors in the success is that since the inception of the business Ebsford have retained 100% of the apprentices they have taken on, with 6 members of staff having completed or taking part in apprenticeships.

Our commitment to our apprentices doesn’t just stop at the end of their training.  We found the benefits of investing extra resources into new recruits at an early stage has resulted in more motivated, committed, and happy employees.

“The benefits to our business have been tangible, one of our earliest apprentices now manages teams throughout the UK, is directly responsible for over 50 sites, and has generated in excess of £500,000 of revenue, whilst another is now PA to the Managing Director. We will be looking for more apprentices to join our team in the near future, and we’ll be using Wakefield Apprenticeship Hubs support to help find our next apprentices and identify the best training options for both the business and the apprentice. The help we’ve received from The Hub to recruit our apprentices and identify the best training has been invaluable.

Ebsford Environmental have taken apprentices in Engineering, Administration and Marketing which highlights the variety of apprenticeships available to young people, and the opportunities that apprenticeships can offer.

Denise Jeffrey , Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills at Wakefield Council said:

“It’s fantastic to see that Ebsford Environmental have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. They are a great example of how businesses in Wakefield district are helping our young people to achieve great things through apprenticeships. I’d like to wish Ebsford the best of luck in winning this award.”

The National Apprenticeship Awards national finalists will be announced in November 2016 with the national  final taking place in January 2017.

Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub is funded by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and offers free and impartial advice to businesses, as well as support for people looking to start an apprenticeship. To contact The Hub team call 01924 302703 or email apphub@wakefield.gov.uk