Powered access provider shows support for engineering apprenticeships

Nationwide Platforms apprenticeships

AHEAD of World Youth Skills Day on July 15, powered access provider Nationwide Platforms has revealed how it is plugging the skills gap with more places on its engineering apprenticeship, which is open for applications until July 31.

World Youth Skills Day celebrates the importance of teaching young people important skills that can help them secure employment.

An engineering apprenticeship has been a yearly fixture at Nationwide Platforms for over 30 years, with several graduates going on to become employees in the business. The three-year long apprenticeship is a land technician course, which teaches pupils the elements of engineering across a range of machines.

“As an industry leader, our apprenticeship is tailored to the highest standards,” explained Jo Hall, resourcing business partner at Nationwide Platforms. “Throughout their journey with us, apprentices receive outstanding support and guidance from our engineering teams, our HR managers and our technical training managers.

“Their course is supplemented with enhanced technical training, which includes additional OEM training; our bespoke BlueSky technical course, which provides in-depth knowledge of the wiring and diagnostics of our award-winning MEWP safety innovations; and our PHI (Post Hire Inspection) course, which details all the technical measures required to prepare a machine for hire.

“As a people-focused business, we pride ourselves on an excellent apprentice pay structure, as well as bonus payments awarded for achieving milestones in qualifications. We are also committed to guaranteeing roles within the business post-qualification, where further investment in the apprentice’s training will be offered.”

Nationwide Platforms’ apprenticeship course is structured as a block-release programme where the applicants alternate every two months between residential stays at Beacham North College in Norfolk, and placement in a Nationwide Platforms depot.

“The residential component of the course is a key benefit,” Jo added. “It can be difficult to focus on something that’s done on an-hour-per-week basis. In contrast, the residential course steeps applicants in an engineering mindset and environment day in and day out. They can soak up the knowledge of their peers and mentors, and properly dedicate themselves to the course with all their attention.

“By alternating between campus residence and depot-placement, the apprentices can synergise their technical college training with on-the-job experience in a dynamic work environment.”

To find out more, visit: https://www.nationwideplatforms.co.uk/en-gb/about-us/careers.