The Cartwright Group, a leading trailer and commercial vehicle body manufacturer in the UK, had its first Apprentice Open Day for 2019 on Saturday the 1st of June.
It was a well-attended event. Candidates came from all over the North West and from many different colleges to learn more about the apprenticeship scheme and the career opportunities for young people interested in a career in manufacturing
The Altrincham-based company, tagline ‘Better. Built in Britain”., holds the open days to showcase the benefits of its award-winning apprenticeship scheme.
Since re-launching the scheme in 2012 Cartwright has taken on around 200 young people and this year plans to recruit up to 30 new apprentices to join the team.
Each of the new recruits will train for two years, combining work on the shop-floor with study for a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification at SETA Training & Advisory Services at Stockport.
Those with the potential to go further will be offered a chance to extend their apprenticeship to four years and study for higher level qualifications including NVQ Level 3.
Cartwright Chairman Peter Cartwright said: “Our previous apprentices have gone on to do great work here at Cartwright – an apprenticeship is a good way to kick-start your career.
“At the Open Days young people will be able to tour the factory, see our award-winning trailers and have a chance to meet the team and question our supervisors and trainers”.
“Cartwright is an innovative company and there are lots of opportunities to develop your skills. I always say I’m the oldest apprentice in the company!”
The new recruits undergo general training, after an induction process including a week at college and a week induction programme based on site, with six eight-week rotations around various specialisms, obtaining experience in different departments including welding, fabrications, coachbuilding and painting in the first year before concentrating on one of them for the second year.
Cartwright also offers additional apprenticeships in paint and welding, which also last two years.
When selecting new recruits Cartwright looks for aptitude, a good work ethic, a willingness to learn and an enthusiasm for engineering. Candidates are invited to a testing session with SETA as well as an assessment session at site including teamworking exercises and an informal interview with a Cartwright Production Manager and a member of the HR team.
Open days are being held at Cartwright’s 38-acre base in Atlantic Street, Broadheath, Altrincham, on Saturday 29th June and Saturday 13th July.
They start at 9am with a factory tour, followed by a Q&A session and end around lunchtime with refreshments provided. Anyone interested is advised to apply by contacting the HR team on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0161 928 0966.