EYG Commercial says its dedication to offering talented and determined local youngsters a promising career path through apprenticeships has been demonstrated by its latest appointment.
Luke Drewery, 20, of Hull, has been handed a leading role in the firm’s modular sales team, a rapidly growing area of the business which more than doubled its sales target over the past 12 months.
Luke, who started his business administration apprenticeship with the Hull business through YH Training two years ago, is delighted to have been given such an opportunity at a thriving business.
“I’m thrilled to have been given this chance, especially given the success in the department over the past 12 months in which some excellent relationships have been established with customers and the department has performed well beyond targets,” he said.
“It is obviously a challenge for me given the business has done so well over the past 12 months, as the expectation is now to not only maintain the work levels but build on that success and drive further growth. I like a challenge though and am always happy to back myself to do well.
“The job really suits me, especially having spent a lot of time during my apprenticeship on the factory floor and in processing through my apprenticeship.
“I’ve had the experience of working alongside senior people in the trade sales teams, dealing with builders and advising them on doors and windows.
“The route I have taken has given me a really good understanding of our products, which best suit customers, and how important it is to be a reliable point of contact for customers at all times.”
Experienced management in place to offer support
Commercial Director Steve Swallow says the modular market is a key focus for the business, and is confident Luke will repay the faith shown in him.
“Apprenticeship programmes are all about giving young people the chance to learn the skills they need to advance in a business and forge successful careers, but they need the businesses they are with to be prepared to give them responsibility and a chance to prove themselves,” said Mr Swallow.
“Luke has done this throughout his time with us, from working on the factory floor to then within the trade sales team.
“He has naturally become more and more involved with modular as the business has grown in recent months, and it was the right step to give him more responsibility – and more recognition – for the work he has been doing.
“Luke himself asked for greater responsibility with regards to modular, which is fantastic to see. We will ensure he has the support of experienced managers at all times as well.”
EYG currently has 13 other apprentices across its commercial, domestic and trade businesses, working towards qualifications including fenestration, construction and the built environment, business administration, manufacturing, advanced IT, fabrication of glass supporting structures and social media.
Joint managing director Nick Ward said: “As a business established in Hull and fast approaching our 50th year we are immensely proud of our impact on the local economy and communities through the employment opportunities we provide, and we are committed to ensuring that continues long into the future.
“We work with a number of local education providers to provide young people with opportunities through apprenticeships and have seen many like Luke progress through the business. We feel this is a great opportunity for Luke, and for the many other apprentices across the firm.”
EYG’s modular department supplies British Standards Institution (BSI) and Secured By Design (SBD) approved products to the education, leisure, health and modular housing sectors, as well as the Ministry of Defence.