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From | Tuesday 29 June 2021

Holiday homes leader to take on more than 30 apprentices across a range of roles.

Mark Cook joined Willerby as a plumbing apprentice in 2012, aged 16, and is now a holiday home production line supervisor.

Holiday homes market leader Willerby has launched its biggest-ever apprenticeship recruitment drive.

Willerby is taking on more than 30 apprentices across a range of roles, in what will be the largest single intake in the company’s 75-year history and three times as many as on any previous occasion.

The move reflects the rapid growth of the business, driven by the increasing popularity of the UK staycation, and is further evidence of Willerby’s strong commitment to developing new talent.

It comes after Willerby launched a major recruitment drive in April for a new production line at its Hull headquarters in response to surging demand for high quality holiday homes.

Almost all of the 100 roles for the new production line, which is due to open early next month, have now been filled, taking Willerby’s workforce to more than 1,100.

Willerby currently produces 7,500 holiday homes, lodges and residential park homes each year and the new facility will increase capacity to more than 8,000.

The latest roles include Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships in carpentry, finance, engineering, IT, electrical, marketing and customer care. The new apprentices are due to start in September.

Willerby CEO Peter Munk, far left, and Group Finance Director Sue Allan, with current apprentices, from left, Aaron Winsor, Sam Briggs, Nathan Begbie and Kyle Ellis. Willerby has launched its biggest ever apprenticeship recruitment drive.

In addition to its existing relationships with local training providers, Willerby will be partnering with Hull Business Training Centre and East Riding College to deliver the apprenticeships.

Mark Cook joined Willerby as a plumbing apprentice in 2012, aged 16, progressing to become a qualified gas engineer, and is now a holiday home production line supervisor.

He said the apprenticeships Willerby is offering will open up similar positive opportunities for dozens more young people.

Mark said: “Starting my career as an apprentice at Willerby gave me chance to progress well and quickly. It’s a really good company to work for, there are plenty of opportunities for progression and I’m a good example of that.

“An apprenticeship is the best way to get a trade under your belt and learn while you earn. You get out of life what you put in and it’s good to get your head down and get stuck in.

“That’s what I’ve done at Willerby and now I have my own house and family and a baby on the way. I’ll always be grateful to Willerby for the opportunity.”

A careers open day for those interested in working at Willerby will take place at its showground in Hull from 9.30am to 2pm on Saturday, July 17, with a particular focus on the apprenticeships.

Attendees will be able to meet members of the senior management team, have a tour of the factory and view Willerby’s completed holiday homes, lodges and residential park homes.

Find out more about the available roles and apply here.