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ERA invests in the future with new apprentices

As part of a wider apprenticeship scheme developed by Tyman UK & Ireland, home security and fenestration component provider, ERA (part of Tyman UK & Ireland), is ramping up its apprenticeship offering, helping to strengthen the fenestration industry’s pipeline of young talent by providing learning opportunities to the local community.  

Hatty-Mai McMahon joins Tyman UK & Ireland’s Health and Safety department, whilst also studying for her In-Comm Safety, Health and Environment Technician EBOSH National General Certificate qualification. She is joined by Tanique McCarthy who is studying for her Level 3 Information Technology Technician qualification with apprenticeship provider The Development Manager. Tanique will join Tyman UK & Ireland’s IT team to gain valuable hands-on experience. Both apprentices, who will work across Tyman UK & Ireland brands, including ERA, have been paired with their own mentor and relevant subject matter expert so that they can strengthen their specialist knowledge and deliver on real-time projects, alongside their studies.

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In order to nurture development, each individual in the apprenticeship programme is given the opportunity to undertake training and spend time with colleagues in other areas of the business to gain a better understanding of company-wide operations and broaden their skillsets. They will also have the opportunity to spend time with senior management.

Every person welcomed onto the scheme receives the living wage as part of their employment, which further establishes Tyman and ERA’s commitment to the wider community and diversifying the talent coming into the fenestration field.

Such is the success of the programme, Tyman is currently working with a variety of training providers to set up additional apprenticeships, including programmes within its engineering and sustainability departments.

Stacey Edwards, HR Director at Tyman UK & Ireland, says: “We recognise that going to university isn’t the only route into higher education and therefore we were eager to implement roles that support people on alternative educational paths, offering practical work experience, whilst paying the living wage. It is great to see our new hires developing both academically and practically as they get stuck into working here.”

Hatty-Mai McMahon, Health and Safety apprentice, at Tyman UK & Ireland, says: “I haven’t been here for long, but I have already gained so much knowledge and experience from the apprenticeship programme which will really help me in my career.”

Tanique McCarthy, IT apprentice, at Tyman UK & Ireland, says: “Every day is different, and I am already enjoying meeting lots of new people and putting my skills to the test, such as problem-solving and taking on ‘real-life’ work tasks. It is good to know that the role I do has an impact on my colleagues across the business, enabling them to work efficiently using our IT network. The team is incredibly supportive and have been very welcoming.”

Given the success of the apprenticeship programmes, Tyman UK & Ireland is working with training providers to select some of its long-standing employees to join a selection of apprenticeship programmes to create further learning opportunities.