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9th July 2019



An Ainscough Crane Hire apprentice has been given a top honour at a national trade association awards ceremony in the Midlands.

Kye Connop, who works at Ainscough’s Birmingham depot, was rewarded with special recognition in the Employer Nominated Plant Mechanic Awards category at the prestigious ‘Stars of The Future’ ceremony. The event, organised by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA), celebrates the very best plant mechanic, construction plant operators and lifting technician apprentices up and down the country.

The 25 year old is in to his third year of the four year apprenticeship which is delivered in partnership with Myerscough College in Preston.

The award winners were assessed by a select committee of judges throughout the academic year on their work in college and in their work environment.

Speaking after receiving the award, Kye said: “It is a great honour to be specially recognised by the industry. Thank you to the team at Ainscough Crane Hire and Myerscough College who have helped give me the experience I need.

“This apprenticeship has been brilliant, allowing me to learn in a hands-on environment while still earning as I study. I would certainly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone looking to develop a career in the industry.”

Graham Weights, who works as a service support manager for Ainscough Crane Hire and is part of the team that oversees the new intake of apprentices, added: “This is testament to Kye’s hunger and desire. We are extremely proud of what he has achieved. He is an extremely driven individual who has excelled so far in his apprenticeship.

“We are always on the lookout for new talent to join the likes of Kye who will go on to be outstanding members of our industry-leading engineering team.”

Ainscough’s apprenticeship scheme, delivered in partnership with Myerscough College in Preston and the Construction Training Board (CITB), has trained over 30 apprentices in the last decade.

Apprentices are trained over a three-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.

All practical training is backed by an NVQ from Myerscough College.

To learn more about Ainscough Cranes’ apprenticeship scheme, including how to become one of its latest recruits, visit

Photograph: Kye Connop & Lee Vaughn -Maintenance Supervisor, Birmingham Depot.

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