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Beth Preston recently joined the Ainscough Crane Hire team in Lancashire as an operations support coordinator. Handling contracts and induction bookings, Beth supports the heavy cranes team and the internal transport department. This is her Ainscough Story.

Since starting at Ainscough Crane Hire just a month ago, when I decided I needed a complete career change, I can’t believe how much new information I’ve been exposed to. Having left my job as a management accountant, I was looking to branch out into something more exciting and physical, and I have definitely found it.

After graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in Economics and Philosophy in 2017, I worked as an operations assistant, senior accountant and quantitative operations research executive, building a variety of useful skills but constantly feeling as though my inquisitive mind had not been satisfied.

My time at Ainscough so far has been really eye‐opening and I’m enjoying taking it all in and learning about my colleagues from a wide variety of departments across the business. Discovering the amount of different roles within the company really opened by eyes to all the different skills and talents required to run a leading crane company.

Having found the job advertised online, I did a lot of research on the company and the more I learnt, the more I felt the job really appealed to me. I’m a bit of an adrenaline‐junkie and I love outdoor sports. In my professional life, I was looking for something that could provide similar challenges and was technically challenging. The opportunity available at Ainscough Crane Hire has allowed me to make this a reality.

My day to day responsibilities include supporting the heavy cranes division and the internal transport department, drawing up contracts for customers and booking crane operatives and HGV drivers onto inductions for projects on sites such as wind farms.

Working alongside our crane operators to create online profiles and sometimes induction videos, I’ve been able to gauge the team culture at Ainscough. I’ve learned all about Make the Safe Choice and the importance of every role in the business, from my colleagues in the workshop, right the way up to operations managers in the office.

I’m looking forward to continuing to grow and develop my knowledge here at Ainscough Crane Hire, with my sights set on specialising in the heavy crane division for the future. With the wide variation of responsibilities I have at the moment, I’m excited to dig my feet in and really refine my skillset.

Working with some of the most skilled people I’ve ever come across, and watching plans and drawings turn into real life projects from start to finish, has been an absolute pleasure for which I’m very grateful. Switching career paths was something I was naturally quite nervous about, but since starting my journey at Ainscough, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have made the change.

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