Apprenticeships provide a great opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ and offer career progression into a number of roles. Eric Wright Group pays above the minimum rate and makes a commitment to retain apprentices into permanent jobs.
We recruit apprentices each year to work across Eric Wright Group companies in disciplines including:
- Joinery, site technician, estimating and quantity surveying – Construction division
- Electrical, mechanical, electro-technical, engineering manufacturing, maintenance and welding, construction operations and civil engineering services – Civil Engineering division
- Administration – all divisions
- Childcare – through our on-site Sceptre Nursery
Apprenticeships run for two to four years, depending on the role and are open to applicants from age 16+ with no upper limit on age.
We support apprentices through on the job training and in their studies towards NVQ 2 and 3 level vocational qualifications at local colleges. Through Preston’s College, where Eric Wright Learning Foundation sponsors a ‘real work environment’, in agreement with their current school, students can attend day release from age 14 to study NVQ Level 1 in construction skills.
Eric Wright Group also provides advanced and higher level apprenticeships, enabling us to fund apprentices through diploma and degree level studies.
Opportunities for all types of apprenticeship will be advertised on the current positions section of this website and through social media.
We fund undergraduate studies on day release programmes for Eric Wright Group employees in trainee roles. We support employees through a range of undergraduate programmes, for instance, some of our current trainees are studying BSc Quantity Surveying, BSc Construction Project Management, HNC/D Civil Engineering, HNC/D Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
We do not run a formal undergraduate sponsorship programme, however, we will endeavour to offer work experience placements to undergraduates interested in future careers with Eric Wright Group.
Opportunities for undergraduate trainee positions will be advertised on the current positions section of this website and through social media.
We recruit new and recent graduates into trainee positions and assistant roles at times required by the business, rather than running an annual graduate intake programme.
Opportunities for trainee positions will be advertised on the current positions section of this website and through social media.
James Eastham, Trainee Safety Advisor
2009 – 2nd place Skill build – regional heat – Joinery
2009 – Runner up – national final – Joinery
2015 – Finalist – Duke of Gloucester awards – Construction delivery category.
2016 – Winner – Construction Development alliance awards.
2016 – Winner- Rising Star in health and safety – Health and Safety Expo
Christabelle Paradzai studied A levels and an HNC in Project and Quality Management before joining Eric Wright Construction as an apprentice Site Technician.
She is now Assistant Site Engineer and Christabelle's role involves surveying and setting out on site, using surveying equipment, such as total stations and surveying software. Christabelle also deals with quality assurance aspects of the project.
"Instead of going to University I searched for a construction apprenticeship to gain work experience while earning money. I like how every day is different. There are occasionally new challenges which I am learning to manage, and as a result of this, I think I can deal with stressful situations better".
James Eastham attended Eric Wright Learning Foundation part time whilst in years 10 and 11 at school and developed a passion for the construction industry.
When he left school, James gained a place with Eric Wright Construction as a joinery apprentice and studied for his HNC in Construction. When ill-health led to medical advice that James should not continue with manual labour, he moved to the Health and Safety team as a trainee Safety Advisor.
"When I was an apprentice, the Safety Advisor was inspirational in how he dealt with people and situations in a knowledgeable and professional manner, which gave me a keen interest in health and safety".
James Kirby is working towards a higher level apprenticeship to become a qualified Quantity Surveyor.
James has always had an interest in the built environment and enjoys working as part of the team. He attends The Manchester College one day a week studying for an NVQ Diploma in Construction and Building Services Management and Supervision.
"I'm lucky enough to work with people from different professions, which has developed my knowledge every day and taught me new transferable skills".