National Apprenticeship Week ran from 9th to 13th March 2015 and celebrates apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
For years, Ainscough Crane Hire have provided placements for apprentices; developing them in to key positions within the company. In fact out of 60 engineers currently employed, 25 of them started out as apprentices.
Gareth Evans, an apprentice Fitter working out of the Falkirk depot, is half way through completion of a Level 3 (4 year) apprenticeship. For the past two years Gareth has been working hard, both at the depot and with his studies when he travels to Myerscough College in Preston, and soon he will be qualified in Construction Plant Maintenance at NVQ level 3 (equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education / BTECs).
Gareth said “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to learn and earn a real wage in a very practical way. We study so much at college, it’s then great to take it back to the workshop and put theory into practise.”
Ainscough Crane Hire has always been dedicated to the progression of its colleagues and provides a great environment for training and development. From the apprentices that were awarded placements at Ainscough Crane Hire the retention rate is a massive 98.8%. The overall national apprenticeship retention rate for 2013/14 was 68.9%.
So please join us in thanking all the apprentices that have helped us shape Ainscough Crane Hire into the company it has become today.
A nationwide Christmas jumper event was organised by Ainscough Crane Hire team in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. The charity was voted for by teams from across the country after an inspiring email was sent out by resources and retention manager, Amanda Hesketh. The email told of how Alzheimer’s and dementia directly affected Amanda’s life after her father was diagnosed and so the challenge was quickly set up to help raise funds and awareness.
So, with an incredible show of charitable spirit Ainscough Crane Hire teams donned their festive jumpers and raised an amazing £1000 for charity!
Amanda Hesketh said ‘My Father and some of my friends’ grandparents have been affected by dementia so I thought it would be good to show support and raise funds. I was hoping that the teams would raise a bit for the Alzheimer’s Society but I never imaged they would raise this much. Everyone’s support has been overwhelming and I can’t thank everyone enough for contributed along the way. The work they do is fabulous at keeping individuals in the community. My Father currently goes to Karaoke on Wednesday afternoon’s, organised by the charity. It’s weird how he can remember the words of the songs but not what he was doing ten minutes ago.’
to: left to right shows, Maggie Langford HR Director, Amanda Hesketh Resources and Retention Manager and Helen Cannell Alzheimer’s Society.
Helen Cannell, Alzheimer’s Society Community fundraiser for Greater Manchester said: ‘We are so pleased and grateful that Ainscough Crane Hire chose to support Alzheimer’s Society. It’s a fantastic achievement to bring all the teams together in one event and the effort and commitment has resulted in raising vital funds to support people with dementia and their carers’
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