Ainscough Crane Hire are investing in the future; “Crane hire is a niche business and if we don’t train our own engineers for the future, we simply won’t have the talent available to us when we need it.” Graham Weights is Ainscough’s service support manager and has recently been part of the team which has overseen the latest intake of apprentices to the company.
The group of six apprentices are now beginning four years of study and hands-on experience which will test their suitability for the role with the target of moulding them into fully-fledged Ainscough engineers.
The six new apprentices are: Sam Flynn based at the Dundee Depot, Charlie Ferguson at Maidstone, Aiden Jones at Stanlow, Jack Kenworthy at Preston, Connor Dodgson at Stockton and Kye Connop at Birmingham.
As part of their official induction, the group spent two days at the Preston Depot receiving training and guidance on the company, what they can expect and what is expected of them.
The induction agenda consisted of the Mandatory Ainscough Safety Training presentation, Crane Safety Inspection, “Why Ainscough” presentation, 5s Training, Leadership Message and Conduct & Behaviour.
They are now nearing the end of a four-week residential course at Myerscough College in Preston from where they will go back to their host depot and work under the guidance of the depot team with the support of a designated mentor.
Graham Weights again: “At a recent count from 60 engineers, 25 had come through the Ainscough apprenticeship route which again demonstrates the importance of this talent stream for the business.
“We take a strategic approach to apprentice numbers these days factoring in the existing resource and its likely attrition rate over the four-year cycle. This means that we have a 90% retention rate of those apprentices which make the grade, the majority of whom do so. It is fair to say that we have been very impressed with the attitude and approach of this year’s apprentices so far and we are very confident that they will grow with us over the coming months and years.”
Left to Right – Aiden Jones, Charlie Ferguson, Jack Kenworthy, Kye Connop, Sam Flynn, Connor Dodgson.