During last week’s National Apprenticeship Week 2019, the UK’s leading lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, took the opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to apprenticeships as a means of training the next generation of crane mechanics.
Ainscough’s apprenticeship scheme, delivered in partnership with Myerscough College in Preston and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), has trained over 30 apprentices in the last decade.
Apprentices are trained over a four-year period, achieving Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in Plant Maintenance, delivered in training blocks which are based at the college’s £4.4 million Engineering Centre, home to its Construction Plant Academy. Ainscough has a mobile crane permanently at the college to enhance the apprentices’ learning experience.
Lee Price, Employer Services Manager at Myerscough College, said; “We are proud to work with Ainscough Crane Hire and to be involved in the training of their apprentices is a great honour for us. Our Employer Services team work closely with managers at Ainscough to ensure we recruit high quality and motivated candidates into these coveted positions. It’s always rewarding to see the apprentices’ progress and to see them achieve great things in their positions. As a company, Ainscough provides an amazing opportunity to their apprentices and invests heavily in their training package.”
Jack Ashman, an apprentice at Ainscough’s Preston depot said: “There’s a lot to learn about cranes and the different services they provide, but everyone in the team is very supportive and offers encouragement and advice. I’ve learned so much since I’ve been at Ainscough and I look forward to developing my knowledge and skills as my apprenticeship continues.”
Jack Kenworthy, also an apprentice at the Preston depot, added: “Apprenticeships are brilliant way to combine studies with on the job learning while taking home a wage. I’ve learnt so much already, both on site at Ainscough and in at Myerscough’s Engineering Centre. I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone looking to develop a career in industry.”
Graham Weights, service support manager, is a part of the team which has overseen the latest intake of apprentices, said: “I am always hugely impressed by the apprentices who come through the ranks at Ainscough, and our current intake is no exception. The work we do at Ainscough is not straightforward and to do it correctly, and to the standard we expect, a rigorous programme of training and learning is required. I’m happy to say our apprentices step up to the challenge and seeing the progress of Jack Kenworthy and Jack Ashman leaves me in no doubt that the future of our workforce is in safe hands.”