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3rd June 2016

Ainscough Crane Hire’s 2016 Apprenticeships


Market leading national lifting company, Ainscough Crane Hire, is inviting applications for the 2016 intake of its plant maintenance apprenticeship in a bid to foster new talent and address the sector’s skills gap.

Delivered in partnership with Myerscough College in Preston and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the Ainscough apprenticeship scheme has a total of seven places available spread across the Ainscough depot network.

The seven successful applicants will complete a four-year NVQ qualification in Plant Maintenance which includes time based at the college’s new £4.4 million Engineering Centre home to its Construction Plant Academy. Ainscough has a mobile crane permanently at the college to enhance the apprentice’s learning experience.

Ainscough owns and operates the largest privately owned vehicle fleet in the UK including its unparalleled fleet of mobile cranes and large range of support vehicles.

“Our apprentices are highly valued. We take each person’s development seriously, ensuring that we provide a challenging and varied training environment. Explains Amanda Hesketh, Ainscough’s resources and retention manager.

“Places on our apprenticeship schemes are always over-subscribed but we want the most talented and best motivated staff to join us so, along with the standard entry requirements, we look for candidates who have a natural aptitude for fixing anything mechanical, and just as importantly, have a flexible and a ‘can do’ attitude. The apprentice scheme is an important source of fresh talent, we want candidates who can grow with the business.” Amanda added.

CITB Apprenticeship Officer, Rachel Moon, commented: “There are so many opportunities for work for crane mechanics in Lancashire and across the whole country, so it’s a great time to start an apprenticeship. Over the years we’ve attracted some really top-notch applicants, resulting in us getting the right people in the right job for them, so I’m looking forward to working with this year’s intake.

“Young people who want to find out more about the job before applying should check out the industry’s careers website, Go Construct.”

Apprentices will learn, in a hands-on way, every aspect of the maintenance of plant equipment including: hydraulics, electrical systems, transmission systems, engines and metal fabrication.

Ainscough’s apprentices are being recruited for roles at the following depots: Beckton, East London; Birmingham; Dundee; Ellesmere Port, Stanlow Oil Refinery; Maidstone, Kent; Preston and Stockton in County Durham.

The vast majority of Ainscough’s previous apprentices go on to have successful and long careers within the company.

The closing date for applications is June 15, 2016. Applicants must have GCSE grade C or above in both maths and English. All Ainscough apprentices are paid while completing their qualifications.

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