The Altrincham based group, which is the second largest trailer manufacturer in the UK, celebrated its largest intake of apprentices last year as the scheme has established itself as a popular option for young adults looking to learn a trade.
The scheme was the brainchild of Cartwright Group chairman Peter Cartwright whose own 60 year career began with an apprenticeship. It has grown exponentially in recent years with excellent partnerships with local colleges, providing training and qualifications as part of the programme.
Over the past six years Cartwright Group has developed over 200 apprentices through the scheme, with 56 currently in progress. The Group is looking for 40 new recruits for the scheme, their biggest annual intake yet. Cartwright has won several awards and in 2016 was named one of the top 100 apprenticeship schemes in the UK by the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Among those who have developed their career with Cartwright is Joel Dover, aged 20, from Stockport - a fourth year apprentice who is soon graduating with a Level 3 NVQ following 4 years of comprehensive training.
“I came here when I was 16, young and naive. It was a really new environment and I received great mentoring from Cartwright supervisors. Being buddied up with one of the apprentices who was a year older than me helped me fit right in. He helped me quite a lot and I learned a lot from him.
“Now I try to help the younger apprentices myself.”
Sam Clayson, aged 23, is a fourth year apprentice electrician with Cartwright and will graduate with a Level 3 NVQ next year.
He added: “I have got a lot out of my apprenticeship and I think I have done really well out of it.
“I didn’t really have the discipline when I started here. But with the nurturing I have received – the best mentors I have had have been apprentices themselves. They have given me massive confidence and life experience and I now realise that I can do things for myself. It’s an honest days graft and gives you a great platform from which to launch your career.”
As part of the scheme the apprentices spend their first year trialling the different departments along the production line, allowing them to experience every stage of the manufacturing process before selecting an area in which to specialise.
The apprenticeship gives them a comprehensive set of skills in a range of areas including welding, hydraulic, electrical and air fitting and testing, general fitting and assembly, machine operation, finishing and pre-delivery inspection. This year the course has also introduced ‘design’ to the scheme, giving apprentices a greater understanding of Computer Aided Design (CAD) which has proved instrumental to their understanding of the manufacturing process.
Never a company to stand still, Cartwright has this year introduced six new modules to include paint and welding together with a series of office based apprenticeships including business administration, supply chain and purchasing in conjunction with both Trafford College and SETA.
Chairman Peter Cartwright, said: “Since the launch of our apprenticeship scheme we have recruited many talented people. It has been excellent for them in terms of building solid foundations at the beginning of their careers, and it is excellent for Cartwright as the skills and experience of our older employees is passed on to the next generation, ensuring the long-term future of the company.”
For people interested in joining the Cartwright apprenticeship programme the company is holding an open day at its head office in Altrincham situated in Atlantic Street on the Broadheath Industrial Estate on the 14th July from 10am at which potential applicants will be able to have a site tour as well as meet with both managers and apprentices to find out more about the programme first hand.
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