Body and trailer manufacturer Cartwright has opened its doors to 40 new apprentices, bringing the figure to 80 since launching the scheme 12 months ago.
In a move that has proved a success for the company, one apprentice has since moved onto the design team while retention rates stand above industry average.
The latest intake will work at Cartwright for four days a week and attend college on day release for workshop training until they pass all training and assessment standards over the next 23 months.
John Cartwright, the company’s joint managing director, highlighted the importance of the scheme not just from Cartwright’s perspective, but the industry as a whole.
“The transport industry is one which suffers from skills shortages and it is therefore essential that if we are to keep pace globally we ensure that the necessary skills are maintained,” he said.
“What apprenticeships do is leave a lasting legacy and create a young workforce which can carry skills through to the next generation.”
Mr Cartwright added: “Through our apprenticeship scheme we are able to nurture young talent and equip them with the necessary skills to enable them to pursue a career in manufacturing.”
The apprenticeships will develop a comprehensive set of skills in welding, hydraulic, electrical and air fitting and testing, general fitting and assembly, machine operation, finishing and pre-delivery inspection.
An additional module of 3D design is also being added to provide an additional dimension to the programme, with Cartwright awarding 60 licences for its 3D Design Software to nearby Stockport College, whereapprentices have just completed a four week induction to cover health and safety and functional skill.