Ainscough launches crane operator apprenticeships

By Christian Shelton19 March 2020


Ainscough is launching a three-year mobile crane operator apprenticeship

Wigan, UK-headquartered crane rental company Ainscough Crane Hire has set up a mobile crane operator apprenticeship programme – the first of its kind for the company.

According to Ainscough, the three-year programme will offer participants a gateway into the crane industry while they are supported by the company in gaining the required skills and qualifications.

Ainscough is recruiting for the apprenticeships, with 20 vacancies available across the company’s UK network of operating centres.

In the first year, those involved will gain their slinger/signaller qualification before going on to achieve their HGV Class 2 licence and mobile crane operator qualification over the three year period.

Interested candidates must live within travelling distance of one of Ainscough’s participating operating centres and have a full clean driving licence.

Participating locations are Falkirk, Glasgow, Immingham, Invergordon, Lancaster, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Preston, Sheffield and Stockton. Further locations in the south of England will be announced soon.

Darren Thompson, Ainscough Crane Hire’s head of human resources, said, “This new apprenticeship programme is a first for us, and represents an investment in the future of our company. This programme will help support our growth strategy and enable us to develop a sustainable workforce for the years ahead.

“This is a really exciting time to begin working in our industry, with many large scale construction and infrastructure projects on the horizon, and these apprenticeships are excellent opportunities to develop a rewarding role at the UK’s largest crane operator.”

Ainscough said those who complete the apprenticeships will receive first class training, with health and safety always paramount, and receive a competitive rate of apprentice pay with attractive benefits and holiday packages.

To find out more about the apprenticeships, please visit the company website at:


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