Commercial body and trailer manufacturer, the Cartwright Group is seeking up to 30 talented young people to join its award-winning apprenticeship scheme later this year.
The company, which exports around the world under the tagline ‘Better. Built in Britain’, launched its latest recruitment drive during National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March 2019).
With a reputation for innovation and engineering excellence, Cartwright designs and builds all vehicles at its 38-acre manufacturing site in Altrincham, Cheshire.
2 to 4 YEAR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME
Most apprentices will learn about all sides of the business during either a two or a four-year apprenticeship leading to a nationally-recognised NVQ Level 2 or Level 3 qualification with the opportunity afterwards to study for further qualifications.
The two-year apprenticeship was updated last year to include modules on business administration and design while the induction programme was extended to include a week at college as well as a week on site with team-working exercises.
All apprentices undergo six eight-week rotations in their first year, including welding, hydraulics air fitting/testing, machine operation, electrical, coachbuilding, fitting & assembly, paint shop & Finishing/PDI, before choosing their path of specialisation for their second year.
Cartwright is also offering the option of two-year apprenticeships specialising in either welding or painting, both skills that are in short supply across the industry.
CARTWRIGHT AWARD WINNING APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME
The scheme was re-launched in 2012, is the brainchild of Cartwright chairman Peter Cartwright who wanted to keep a stream of talent flowing into the engineering sector.
More than 120 former apprentices now have full-time jobs at Cartwright, with some in positions of responsibility early in their careers – roles include Design Engineer, BOM Engineer, and Planning Manager (Supply Chain) and Cell Leader of a production line on the shop-floor.
The company, which is one of the largest trailer manufacturers in the UK, was named as one of Centrica’s top 100 Apprenticeship employers in 2017 and the same year scooped Apprenticeship of the Year in the Commercial Motor Awards. One of its first apprentices from the re-vamped scheme, Josh Redfern, won Apprentice of the Year in both the Made in Manchester Awards and the Commercial Motor Awards.
Cartwright Chairman Peter Cartwright said: “We are delighted with the progress of some of our apprentices over recent years and look forward to seeing the next generation of talent coming through.
“Engineering is a great career – there are lots of opportunities to learn, to think about how to create good solutions to our customers’ problems and to see the results of all your efforts. It is tremendously rewarding.
“We are constantly innovating and investing across our business so there are plenty of opportunities to grow with the company and we make sure our apprentices are ready for the challenges of the future.”
Cartwright Group was one of the companies showcasing opportunities at the Open Day organised by SETA Training & Advisory Service in Stockport on Wednesday, March 6th.
Cartwright asks all individuals to attend an informal interview with a Production Manager and a member of the HR team and then attend a testing session with SETA once they have had a site visit during its selection procedure and encourages candidates with an enthusiasm for engineering, a willingness to learn and a good work ethic to apply.
Cartwright is an expanding company with a Group turnover exceeding £148 million and household name customers including Amazon, Asda, Royal Mail, Culina, DHL and Dixons Carphone.