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10th February 2023

Ainscough Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2023 – Tom’s Story

Our vision at Ainscough Crane Hire is not only to provide industry-leading innovative lifting solutions, but also to provide a sustainable future.  

Nothing underlines our commitment to that than our work with colleges throughout the country and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to deliver skills and mentorship to the next generation of apprentices. 

Whatever background our apprentices come from, they are selected on their willingness to learn and application to their work. Few emphasize the reason why our four-year training programmes work so well than one of our current apprentices – Tom Hillman who has proved an asset to the team with his commitment to learning and dedication to being the best he can be.  

Tom’s Story  

Growing up in Somerset I loved to play rugby and my main interest in school was sports. -. At the end of my secondary education, I was presented with a big decision that lots of people that age are faced with, what next? I’d always had a background interest in mechanics, fiddling with my bikes growing up; and my dad worked with Ainscough as a Crane Operator so knew the company well. In many ways, the dots connected. 

Taking on the apprenticeship scheme has allowed me to learn both in the classroom and out on-site, meaning I have accessed a wider range of skills, resources, and knowledge that learning from a textbook would simply not allow. I’ve found that in my three years of the course, you get out as much as you put in, and the team at Ainscough have been friendly, informative and have always given me the opportunity to push myself, taking time out of their day to help me out. 

In terms of helping with the educational aspect of my NVQ, Ainscough have been so supportive. My supervisor, Dom, had been through the same course as I have and was more than happy to assist with his expertise and took me under his wing. Ainscough knows how to push you to achieve your potential, I started learning how the big machinery works, basic checks and inspections, and have worked my way to dealing with breakdowns, assessing projects, and working with heavy plant machinery. 

Looking ahead, I look forward to continuing my learning here. Apprenticeships provide great value and great relationships, and my work here has laid the foundation for a career in mechanics.  

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