Fast growing Bristol business on lookout for more apprentices

Property & Construction | South West | Transport & Distribution

A Bristol highways maintenance and recycling company is on the lookout for more apprentices as it continues to grow.

The ETM Group is getting set for a big 2019, having posted a turnover of £18.3million last year, while ETM Recycling has invested a massive £4million in a new recycling plant which is on track to open in April.

But since Britain voted to leave the EU, the flow of non-UK nationals working in the country has decreased, leaving many companies struggling to find qualified replacements.

ETM is hoping to address this deficit with more apprentices, and Amy McCormack, Director of Bristol-based ETM Recycling, said that apprentices are key to the company’s long-term growth strategy.

The company employs a large workforce throughout the region in both full time and part time roles and actively recruits apprentices for a variety of roles throughout the company, both operational and office based.

“The challenges in recruitment nationally are well documented,” said Amy. “We don’t typically employ lots of non-UK nationals at ETM but with Brexit on the horizon we are looking to take on more apprentices, particularly with the new plant opening, and we are keen to future-proof the business and create a world-class apprenticeship programme.”

ETM currently has two apprentices, one who is training as a mechanic and another who is training for an office-based administration role, while four apprentices have successfully graduated into permanent roles within the company.

Dervla started at ETM in 2014 after applying for an apprenticeship with the company and has grown with ETM over the last five years.

Millie is also currently undertaking an apprenticeship at ETM around college.

She comments: “I chose to do an apprenticeship with ETM to learn practical skills on the job, which helps me at college as it gives me a much better understanding. I am looking forward to learning more and seeing where this opportunity can take me.”

ETM Recycling’s new state-of-the-art, zero waste to landfill recycling plant will allow ETM to double the amount of waste accepted and processed from 70,000 tonnes to almost 150,000 tonnes of waste per year, making it the most effective and efficient plant in the South West.

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