Cartwright is 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://aus.cartgr.uk/apprenticeships.