Adopting a people focus in our business provides benefits to us and our clients. We value each other and ensure our people receive the career development and appreciation they deserve, because they are central to our success. We retain talented people and encourage them to pursue their career ambitions through successful project delivery. Our staff churn rate is only 9.9%, this compares to UK average of 15%.
To deliver this strategy, we have launched our Aspire Academy, a vehicle to support our trainees and apprentices within the business. Our employed apprentices currently account for 10% of our workforce for the group, and between these, there is an even split between trade and office-based apprentices, supporting key skills within our industry such as; Apprentice Roofers and Apprentice Carpenters. The Ashe Aspire Academy, not only supports our own trainees and apprentices, but we host industry training events at our offices to welcome sub-contractors and suppliers to upskill their own staff at one of our training CPD events.
Ian Robbins, our Managing Director joined us as a Site Supervisor and has progressed through Ashe to the top of our senior team.