At Ainscough Crane Hire we are committed to ensuring that the future of the construction industry has the best work force, equipped with the right skills. As such, we have continued this commitment, in association with the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) Apprenticeship Scheme, by holding a crane industry insight day at our Preston depot for 16 students from Newall Green School in Manchester. The objective was to show that construction is a rewarding industry to work in.
Upon arrival at the depot, 16 of the future’s bright young minds were welcomed by Ainscough team members Lynsay Robinson (Heavy Cranes Commercial Manager), Alan Dakin (Preston Depot Manager), Alex Schwarzer (Contract Lift Manager Preston), Jim Fleming (Health and Safety Advisor), Janet Ainsworth (Learning and Development Manager), Pat Kiernan (Transport Support and Development Manager) and Barry Wootten (Crane Operator). The students from Newall Green School, aged from 14 to 18, were then shown two presentations; A day in the Life a Crane Operator, describing a normal working day for Ainscough and what it entails. Secondly; A day in the Life of a Ballast Driver, including all the ‘behind the scenes’ work involved and the support they give to the crane operators. The students were then shown Preston depot’s 60 tonne crane, some of the students were allowed to sit in the crane enabling them to see how it works and get a feel for what it would be like to operate a crane. They were then taken up in a static tower crane in a man basket to see the whole yard from a real birds eye view.
The purpose of the day was an introduction to a new and interesting career pathway they may not have considered previously. Lynsay Robinson said; ‘what a lovely group of students, they were quite excited by the prospect of working in a fun and rewarding environment and they were very attentive throughout the whole day.’
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