Speedy is investing in over 100 early careers trainees across the UK to help boost its skills base and the industry’s talent pipeline.

The initiative more than doubles the number of trainees in the business, creating new opportunities in areas such as engineering, hire desk, sales, marketing, commercial and operations.

The programme will involve passing on skills from experienced colleagues to nurture and develop young people in their careers. It will also harness their ideas and viewpoints in order to benefit the growing business. To the same end, Speedy is also set to launch a new virtual work experience programme to inspire school students to take-up careers in construction and the hire sector.This will be delivered to 300 young people nationwide.

Speedy has also begun working with Not Going To Uni and The Youth Group to showcase opportunities in the hire industry to thousands of young people.

Speaking of the recent moves, Speedy COO Dan Evans said: “We recognise our responsibility to help the sector tackle the skills challenge and our early and late careers strategy underlines our commitment to creating opportunities for young people in the communities we work in across the UK.

The programme is hugely valuable to us as a business. Working with Not Going to Uni and the Youth Group provides a great opportunity for us to showcase our exciting career opportunities to a more diverse range of people than ever before, but equally is a brilliant way of us expanding our teams. It will bring new skill sets and perspectives that can strengthen our business to help us build for the future.”

Speedy currently has 80 colleagues on apprenticeship schemes across the business, primarily made up of new trainees in engineering roles and existing colleagues who are using apprenticeships to up-skill and progress their careers. The firm’s apprentices range from 16-40+ years old.