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12th August 2021


Ainscough Crane Hire recently helped more than 70 young people to experience a taster into the crane and engineering sector.

In collaboration with regular customer Story Contracting, an award‐winning infrastructure company, Ainscough delivered a host of educational activities and games to a cohort from Carlisle Youth Zone (CYZ).

The Youth Zone provides a safe meeting place for young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, where they can, for a nominal entrance fee, participate in a wide range of positive activities.

As part of the CYZ holiday club, members were offered the chance to drive diggers and cranes, take part in STEM challenges, and a number of design and colouring competitions.

The exercises however were not all practical, with those in attendance also entering a writing competition expressing where they would visit with a digger if they had the chance, which made for some creative and inspiring feedback.

Putting safety first, risk assessments took place prior to the event, and attendees were also briefed on the health and safety activity book – ensuring that members of CYZ got an early taste of Ainscough’s Make the Safe Choice Culture.

CYZ has committed to helping young people at the club look towards achieving financial stability in adulthood, and a factor of that is exposing them to all the different careers paths they could be well‐suited to.

Steven Armstrong, area sales manager at Ainscough Crane Hire, said: “It was a joy to work with our friends at Story Contracting to help introduce the wonderful young people of Carlisle Youth Zone to the world of cranes and construction. Their enthusiasm on the day was really infectious, and I hope for some of them it will be their first step towards a rewarding career in our industry.”

Marie Whitehead, Communications and Engagement Director of Story Contracting, said: “We were delighted to organise our first engagement activity with Ainscough as a valued supply chain company. It was amazing to see so many kids smiling and enjoying learning about construction and engineering in a fun way.”

Their hard work was of course rewarded, each participant going home with some Ainscough Crane Hire branded goody bags filled with all the essentials, and winners of the competitions were able to take home their own small model of an LTM1750 crane.

Left to right- Steven Armstrong, Area Sales Manager, Lancaster, and Nick Hughes, Story’s Supply Chain & Procurement Lead.

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