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Home Builder To Create 150 Construction Sector Jobs In Harrogate

16 Feb 2018

Home Builder To Create 150 Construction Sector Jobs In Harrogate

Home building firm ilke Homes has announced plans for a new factory which will initially create at least 150 construction sector jobs in Harrogate.

The British company, which manufactures high-spec modular affordable homes, says that a further 650 jobs could be created in the Yorkshire spa town over the next three years.

Although all of the manufacturing will take place at the Harrogate base, the completed modular homes will be transported to other parts of the United Kingdom, not just Yorkshire.

The new roles at ilke Homes will be a mix of off-site manufacturing positions, design jobs, engineering vacancies and other support roles.

Stressing how diverse the new roles are, Human Resources Manager for ilke Homes, Helen Charlesworth, said: “This isn’t your typical construction job so we’re accepting applicants from a variety of career paths. In fact only 30 per cent of applicants so far have come from a property background.”

“The roles provide a chance for people to try a new career, gaining new experience and skills. The key element for us is a shared passion and ethos in what we’re looking to achieve with ilke Homes.”

Announcing the jobs, Chief Executive Office of ilke Homes, Björn Conway, said: “We’re pleased to be able to create high quality jobs in Harrogate, including a new type of manufacturing role for the local construction industry. Our culture at ilke Homes will be very collaborative. The design engineering team will be hands on, working with the manufacturing team in the factory to solve issues and deliver a product that is not only truly cost effective, but also meets the needs of modern living.”

“We’re passionate about having a diverse team at ilke Homes and will offer flexible working arrangements to suit all our employees, whether that’s to fit around the school run or just to maintain a great work/life balance. I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know our new team members,” added Mr Conway.

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, welcomed the news, saying: “Ilke Homes’ new factory in Harrogate will use innovative off-site manufacturing to build modular affordable homes, creating high quality jobs and contributing to the Industrial Strategy’s bold plan of action when it comes to infrastructure and housing. This includes an investment of £866m through the Housing Infrastructure Fund into local projects that will get 200,000 houses off the ground.”

If you are looking to build a career in the construction sector then it can often be difficult to get your foot on the ladder. If you are at uni then you could consider an internship in construction. And, for those of you still at school or college, one route into the field is by taking in a Construction Apprenticeship.

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