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3rd August 2018


apprenticeship scheme

Ainscough Crane Hire (ACH) is on the hunt for the next generation of team members after launching its 2018/19 apprentice intake programme.

Apprenticeships are a key route through which ACH finds and develops the talent it needs to sustain the future viability and prosperity of the organisation. Of its current 83 crane mechanics and engineers, 25 of them came through the Ainscough Apprentice Scheme. With first-class training delivered through Myerscough College in Preston, the apprentice route is always over-subscribed and very popular with the successful candidates.

This year there are six Apprentice Crane Mechanic placements available at a range of sites across the country.

Graham Weights, Service Support Manager at Ainscough said: “In some sectors the apprenticeship route has fallen out of favour but for us it is a vital part of our recruitment as we get to shape talented youngsters into the crane mechanics and engineers of tomorrow.

“We have many people who have forged long and successful careers with us that started at apprentice level and the common ingredient is a willingness to listen and learn from the experienced people we have in the company. In our sector, there are no organisations that can match the experience we have, making an ACH apprenticeship a valuable and career-defining qualification.”

Speaking from experience, Dominic James, a fitter and former apprentice added:

“During the apprenticeship course I got to develop my skills in a variety of areas, from general maintenance all the way to major repairs and overhauls.

“I spent the first two years between the college and the depot learning the basics and putting them into practice on the cranes whilst gaining my level two qualifications. In the third year I earnt a level three NVQ and then in year four I was able to put all my training into practice by working at the depot.

“The thing I enjoyed the most was the hands on experience that we had throughout, even when I was at college.

“I was really proud to win two awards, a national CPA Stars of the Future award and the Myerscough College Award for Excellence, and I also got to travel to other depots to work with neighbouring apprentices, which was a great way for me to meet people in similar roles.

“I now work in the Bristol depot maintaining the fleet and supporting major engineering projects in the area such as Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station.

“The apprenticeship was great for me as it really opened my eyes to the realities of working for a big company. It not just the work you do, although that is obviously important, it is how you do that work and your whole attitude and approach to the company, your colleagues and, in the end, the customers.”

The full list of apprenticeship placements is:

Apprentice Crane Mechanic
Apprentice Crane Mechanic
Apprentice Crane Mechanic
Apprentice Crane Mechanic
West London
Apprentice Crane Mechanic
East London
Apprentice Crane Mechanic

Apply here . If you require any further information or wish to discuss the above vacancies in more detail, then contact the recruitment team

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