Ainscough’s apprenticeship schemes are delivered in partnership with Myerscough College in Preston and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Kelsey Binding was working full time for Aviva Insurance when she ‘took a chance and applied to become a crane operator apprentice.
‘‘It’s no secret that the world of cranes, like all construction, is very male-dominated,’’ she says. ‘’ However, my experience has been brilliant. Goals and accomplishments are taken seriously, and progress is encouraged throughout. I think it’s important to shout about just how many roles there are in this sector and how gender plays no part in your ability to get the job done.’’
Graham Weights, head of engineering. Ainscough Crane Hire, says a rigorous programme of training and learning is required, with crane mechanic apprentices learning their trade at the college’s £4.4m Engineering Centre.
‘’Ainscough has a mobile crane permanently at the college to enhance the apprentices’ learning experience,’’ he says. ‘’Earlier this year, we launched our first ever crane operator apprentice programme. Our intake has a wide geographic spread, with some becoming the second generation of their family to work at Ainscough. It’s also pleasing that we’re seeing more and more female recruits.’’
‘’Be bold and if you see a skill shortage in your sector, do what you can to address it by creating a targeted apprenticeship programme,’’ says Weights.
‘’The construction industry is facing major recruitment challenges due to a variety of issues, from an ageing workforce to the changing labour markets as a result of leaving the European Union. It’s absolutely crucial training programmes are put into place now to ensure we get more young people into construction.’’