Cartwright opens doors to second 2016 apprentice intake16 November 2016

Trailer and body manufacturer Cartwright has announced its second apprentice recruitment drive for 2016, after 16 apprentices were signed up in September.

The latest move, says the Altrincham-based company, is needed to support continued business expansion.

Launched in 2012, Cartwright’s apprenticeship programme has won many plaudits, including a Motor Transport Apprenticeship of the Year award in July, a UK Insider award and, more recently, highly commended in the National Apprenticeship Awards.

The scheme sees all apprentices learning the whole build process before selecting an area in which to specialise. As part of the programme, apprentices go to college on a block release basis at the Stockport Engineering Training Association (SETA) to gain the necessary experience in workshop training to assist in achieving the required standards for the Level 2 apprenticeship.

Within the first year the apprentices undergo six rotations in individual departments every eight weeks – a strategy, says Cartwright, that the youngsters find hugely motivating and which enables them to quickly gain the required skills.

They also have the added advantage of being mentored on the shopfloor under a ‘buddy’ system to help them develop engineering and manufacturing knowledge.

Several apprentices from the first intake in 2012 have recently joined the workforce as full-time employees.

Mark Cartwright, group managing director, says: “We are passionate about our apprenticeship programme and it has been particularly heart-warming to see our first year’s intake completing their apprenticeship and formally joining the workforce.

“We take great pride in the fact that our apprenticeship programme provides our young apprentices with the necessary skills to pursue a career in engineering. We are delighted to be in a position to launch a second recruitment drive this year and we look forward to welcoming our new apprentices to the Cartwright family.”

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Laura Cork

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