William Birch has a long history of employing and developing apprentices. The business, in its 5th generation of the Birch family, continue to support and develop opportunities for apprentices in the local area and this latest award for the ‘York Small Employer 2015’ category at the York Apprenticeship Awards is testament to the commitment and investment the business continues to make.
There are now 10 senior managers and professional staff who have come through the apprenticeship route contributing to the ongoing success of the business and around 56% of our workforce and site managers joined the business as apprentices.
Paul Goyea Managing Director said “The company ethos is to develop its own workforce
and ‘upskill’ employees, and it is not only about young apprenticeships, we are proud that we currently have two mature apprentices both in their 50’s, embarking on career changes"
In the last 12 months we have expanded our traditional site trade routes and enrolled
an office based Technical Apprentice (Quantity Surveying) on a new course at York College. We were one of the first companies in York to do this, it has been a great success and we have since been able to offer further opportunities of a similar nature in our expanding Leeds office.