The UK based modular homes business ilke Homes is now specialising in the latest off-site manufacturing techniques. This will be creating 150 new jobs at their very first factory in Yorkshire Harrogate).
The business plans to deliver 2,000 modular homes every year, in the hope to solve the UK’s housing crisis. The new employees will be supporting this plan, as the business aims to grow their staff numbers upwards of 800 over the next 2-3 years.
Operations will commence at the new 25,000m2 factory in March of this year, the new positions will, at first, consist of 100 people in the manufacturing and supply chain team, maintained and enabled by a large team of engineers, designers and other professionals. The manufacturing team we hope will grow to about 300 over the next 12 months and will use precision manufacturing processes, to ensure durable, high-quality homes.
The factory is set up to operate at scale to deliver desirable, affordable homes. ilke Homes began trading independently in October and has been looking for applicants with a passion in property and design to join its forward-thinking team.
According to Business Secretary Greg Clark: “Britain has a proud heritage in high quality manufacturing and through our Industrial Strategy the government has outlined a vision that will build on our strengths in manufacturing and help shape an environment that enables businesses to thrive.
“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.”
Björn Conway, CEO of ilke Homes stated: “We’re pleased to be able to create high quality jobs in Yorkshire, 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.”
Women in the Engineering industry are being recruited by ilke’s recruitment team to ensure a diverse established team. They wish to bring attention on the underrepresented groups within this sector of the industry.
Helen Charlesworth, HR Manager at ilke Homes said: “This isn’t your typical construction job so we’re accepting applicants from a variety of career paths – in fact only 30% 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.”
The homes that ilke will be creating will have more than 100 variations, consisting of two-storey terraced housed, blocks of flats up to four storeys and three storey semi-detached properties. Developers and registered providers will be able to deliver a much needed, higher quality housing within half the time of a traditional construction. The homes will be mortgage able and tenure blind and be fully adaptable to both private market and housing association requirements for all forms of sale and rent.