YOUNG CARTWRIGHT APPRENTICE HELPS TO BUILD TRAILERS FOR HIS FAMILY BUSINESS
When 16-year old Jack Walker started as a welding apprentice for local body and trailer manufacturer Cartwright
, he had no idea he would be helping build trailers for the family transport company.
Sale born Jack, particularly wanted to build a career as a welder and Cartwright was only too pleased to help create an apprenticeship programme that would fulfil his dream, as they were so impressed by his enthusiasm.
Jack’s father Neil, Managing Director of the family transport business Stockport based Robert Walker Haulage
, had no idea his son was aiming for an apprenticeship with Cartwright and was impressed he had been successful without any reference to his family background.
Neil explained: “Credit to him. He went for his interview and never made any reference to the business or his background. When he didn’t make it as a footballer, he wanted to be a welder and he is very happy with Cartwright. We are very proud of him.”
“We wanted him to go out to see the world and we are delighted he is making it through his own efforts,” he added.
Robert Walker Haulage specialise in the transportation of forklift trucks across the UK and Southern Ireland, and are the largest independent transporters of Mechanical Handling Equipment and Associated Plant in the whole of the United Kingdom.
Jack has been working in Cartwright’s factory complex on the Broadheath Industrial Estate in Altrincham on new trailers to add to the family firm’s fleet of 40 trailers.
Dad Neil explained: “We have just ordered four trailers from Cartwright and Jack has had great fun working on these trailers destined for the family business. In fact he has even welded a plate on the rear
of the trailers to commemorate his work!
“We are delighted Jack has settled in so well at Cartwright. Our family association with the company goes back over 50 years and they have an excellent reputation for quality and customer service, so we know he is in good hands and has great career prospects ahead of him,” he added.
Cartwright Scoops Apprenticeship Of The Year Award In Trafford Business Awards
Cartwright is also celebrating its success after winning the Trafford College Apprenticeship award in this year’s Trafford Business Awards.
Attended by hundreds of people, the event, now in its second year, was held at Lancashire County Cricket Club and hosted by ITV Granada newsreader Lucy Meacock.
Judges praised the body and trailer manufacturer for its forward thinking scheme which was launched in August 2012 to address the issue of skill shortages the company was facing.
A family firm, this year celebrating 63 years in business, Cartwright has built its reputation for innovation, quality and technical expertise. At root of its success are its employees and Cartwright recognised that if it was to maintain this level of expertise then it would have to grow its own talent.
The solution was a ground-breaking apprenticeship scheme, of a scale unprecedented in the commercial vehicle industry, which has seen the company recruit 40 apprentices year on year with a further 50 being recruited for this year’s August intake.
Cartwright currently has over 100 apprentices on site – including two females – many of whom are already forging successful careers both on and off the shop floor. Indeed one of its first year in take who now works in the design department, will be embarking on a BEng in Mechanical Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University in the Autumn.
Targeted at 16 – 19 year olds, the Cartwright apprenticeship programme is one of the most progressive in the industry and has been acknowledged as a great success. Retention levels have been high with 95 percent of apprentices achieving Level 2 qualifications and over two-thirds progressing to Level 3 with the remainder undertaking bespoke training.
It is an initiative which not only sets a benchmark for others to follow but will ensure that Cartwright maintains the necessary skill sets required to drive the business forward in the future.
To further improve the programme and enhance the opportunities available to apprentices the company has this year appointed SETA (Stockport Engineering Training Association) as its training provider.
Mark Cartwright, Cartwright’s Group Managing Director commented: “To be recognised in this way on your home patch is just fantastic not just for the business but also for our employees and most importantly for the apprentices.
“We are absolutely thrilled – it’s a tremendous achievement and one which is testimony to all the hard work which has taken place over the past three years since the programme was first launched.”
Further information about the Cartwright apprenticeship scheme can be found on http://www.cartwright-group.co.uk/apprenticeships.