To mark National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve spoken to Ainscough apprentices from around the country to find out more about their experiences.
Below, we hear from Liam Womack, a twenty-year-old in his second year of his plant machinery apprenticeship. Liam is from Wakefield and based at our Sheffield depot.
“My dad has worked at Ainscough as a Heavy Cranes fitter for many years, and I was always really interested when he talked about his job. When I heard that an apprenticeship had become available at the Sheffield depot, I jumped at the chance of getting involved.
“My apprenticeship’s in plant maintenance and I’m really enjoying it. We work with some pretty impressive and complex machinery at Ainscough, and there’s always a different project to work on and something new to learn.
“I’d say the best thing about completing an apprenticeship at Ainscough is how well you’re looked after. If there’s ever anything I’m unsure about people are always happy to take time out of their own jobs to help.
“In fact, the most important thing I’ve learned so far is the importance of asking questions. While this is obviously a great way of learning, it’s also absolutely essential to ensure safety on site. Throughout our training, we’re taught the importance of Make the Safe Choice, and if there’s ever anything I’m unsure of or concerned about, I know I should stop what I’m doing and speak to a colleague.
“It’s not just about being on-site though – the time I spend at Myerscough College in Preston is really important, and enjoyable too. Ainscough apprentices spend two weeks at a time there and there’s a lot of equipment that we can practice on. We then take that knowledge out on to sites when we head back to our depots.
“While it’s great to put learning into practice, it’s important to show what we’ve learned through our time in college. My supervisors at the depot are great about giving me time to finish coursework and are always on hand to offer advice when I need it.
“Looking ahead, I’d like to complete my apprenticeship and begin working in the Heavy Cranes team. I’m really interested in the type of cranes used on some of our biggest lifts, and it’d be really fascinating to work with 300T – 1000T cranes on a daily basis.
“If anyone reading this is thinking about starting an apprenticeship, I’d tell them to go for it – it’s been a great experience for me. I’m only at the start of my career, but I’ve learned a lot and have worked with some brilliant people.”