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Lift truck firm to take on 17 apprentices

10 February 2022

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2022 is set to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy. The theme for the 15th NAW is ‘build the future’ and Windsor Materials Handling has kicked off the week by announcing the launch of its 2022 apprenticeship programme. 

WE HAVE a long-standing commitment to recruiting local talent and upskilling through training and apprenticeships. It’s crucial that we as a business encourage the uptake of vital trades, such as engineering, and as such we’re proud to have offered 13 apprentices’ roles across the country last year alone, offering great opportunity and a chance to progress successful careers from a young age.

Managing Director Jonathan Burton says; “Our aim is to have a positive impact within our communities in every aspect of what we do. That includes how we recruit into our business which is now 105 engineers strong, 12% of which are currently on a training apprenticeship and our plan is to grow that to 20% in 2022.”

“Apprenticeship schemes are a productive and effective way to grow and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workplace and we’re delighted to be announcing a drive to place a further 17 roles this year, delivering on our commitments to provide opportunities to young people nationwide.”

The three-year apprenticeships are run in partnership with F-TEC, a dedicated training facility that offers an extensive range of forklift engineering programmes and support our apprentices throughout their training; teaching new skills, mentoring and helping them forge fulfilling careers. 

Karl Baum of F-TEC says, “Our partnership with Windsor Materials Handling has helped a number of next-generation engineers get the training they require through the apprenticeship scheme. Windsor Materials Handling have sourced many of their own engineers from the apprentices they have taken on, which is a testament to the quality of the candidates upon completion of their apprenticeship. We look forward to the next intake this year and are proud to be working with Windsor Materials Handling to help close the skills gap faced by our industry.”

Career pathways 

As a business, it’s important for us to emphasise the real-life career opportunities that apprenticeships hold. Ollie Clarke, now Service Manager at our Immingham branch, joined in 2007 as an apprentice and had a clear vision from then on where he wanted to be. 

Ollie shares his story, “I joined Windsor with a real vision to develop a career in engineering and was attracted by the potential to earn whilst I developed an appliable skillset. Whilst initially the wages seem low compared to jobs that don’t require experience nor provide training to learn a trade, I always had my mind on the earning potential I would have when I qualified and Windsor have supported that ambition throughout.”

“I became Service Manager in 2018 and I’m now in a position where I am involved in the development of young apprentices that join the business, where they gain all the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to become a level 3 qualified lift truck and powered access engineer.”

One of our longest standing employees, Ian Stone, has almost 40 years of service as an engineer at Windsor and remains on his tools today.

Ian Stone says “Innovations within the industry have gradually transformed what it means to be an engineer, from a trade that was once heavily mechanical to one today that is much more technical and definitely varied. Since starting as apprentice in 1984 the job has continually evolved keeping the role interesting and fresh, particularly in recent years with the shift to electric equipment which utilises the same technology as the electric cars we see on the roads today.”

“The tools of our trade maybe materials handling equipment, but it’s the way we approach issues, implementing the right product mix for the right application, and the work we do with specifiers, that is key to our success. Working with major brands within industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceutical, timber and construction, we are an integral part of the manufacturing and distribution process so ensuring that our customers operations are running without problems is vital to their success to deliver.”

“At Windsor, we maintain a philosophy of continual investment in people to help ensure our strong reputation for personal customer support is maintained. We always seek to develop and nurture long term and valued relationships to enable our customers to succeed.”

Current opportunities

Windsor Materials Handling are delighted to continue their investment into the industry through the development of young talent and are pleased to announce that we are looking to recruit 17 engineering apprentices across their national branch network to add to the 13 already on its team.

For more information, visit https://windsor-mh.co.uk/