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
Christabelle has recently been promoted to Site Engineer from Assistant Site Engineer. Her 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".
Jack Hampson attended the Eric Wright Learning Foundation Joinery course at the age of 14
At the end of the course, Jack won the Carpentry and Joiner of the Year Award at the EWLF Awards and an interview for an apprenticeship with Eric Wright Construction.
Following a successful interview, Jack was offered a joinery apprenticeship at Eric Wright Group.
“The vocational course at EWLF not only gave me a sense of direction, but helped me discover my own abilities and improve them through hands-on learning. I feel the qualifications and now my apprenticeship at Eric Wright Group have stood me in good stead to further my career.”
“My job has changed my life, I genuinely wake up excited about my day ahead at work. I feel supported throughout my learning and career progression. I am still developing and honing my interest in the subjects I am studying, whilst applying them to real working experiences.”
Jessica Sharples chose an advanced apprenticeship with Eric Wright Group instead of following her friends to university
Jessica always wanted a more hands-on education than university offered and is now in the second year of a two-year programme. Jessica is currently working on the Manchester Life Development Company Framework.
“I found it easy enough to find out how to get into construction, but it was more difficult to get on to a course,” she says.
“There were three different interviews, it was quite intense. Maybe it would work better if more contractors were prepared to go out to schools to promote apprenticeships as an alternative to university. Eric Wright do this, but I’ve not seen others doing it, and they could be pushing harder.”
Sam Jackson recently graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree and joins Eric Wright Facilities Management as a Graduate Building Surveyor
Sam studied at Liverpool John Moore's University for three years in order to gain his degree.
Eager to progress his career Sam will be looking to sit his APC assessment and become a Chartered building surveyor over the next two years.
"I like the diversity that comes with my role as a building surveyor - each day is different and presents new challenges. The balance between office and on site work keeps things interesting. In the first few months with Eric Wright I have been very kindly welcomed and supported by the team."
Dean Marley started working onsite as an Advanced Apprentice with Eric Wright after completing an Apprenticeship with Manchester Life
"I have always aspired to work in construction. After i finished my City and Guilds level 3 in carpentry and joinery i wanted to take my qualification further. When i saw the opportunity to work for Eric Wright on an advanced apprenticeship i knew it would be a great opportunity to further my development and work for a great company."