Leading Midlands’ landlord whg is helping a specialist engineering company deal with the ups and downs of recruitment for a niche industry.
Cannock based Concept Elevators, which has been servicing whg’s lifts in all its properties for the last 16 years, wanted to attract younger people into the industry to complement its existing workforce.
However, in such a niche industry it is difficult to find people with the correct skills needed to maintain and install lifts across the country. The apprenticeship programme offered the perfect solution, with new recruits being trained on the job by more experienced staff, while also gaining a recognised qualification in lift servicing.
Through whg’s Employment and Training team, Concept Elevators sought to fill their apprenticeship vacancy and were delighted to take on former retail worker Mitchell Townsend.
Mathew Bodley, Director, said: “The lift industry has a skills shortage and when people retire we need to have younger people coming through who are fully trained. Skilled lift engineers are in high demand and there’s always a need for qualified people – it’s a great career to get into, and we’re delighted that as a local company we have been able to take on a local person.”
Mitchell, age 22, said: “I’m loving my apprenticeship and every day is different. I’ve always wanted to work in engineering and was over the moon to be offered this opportunity.”
Donna Goodall, Employer Engagement Officer at whg, added: “We’re looking forward to following Mitchell on his exciting journey as he completes his apprenticeship over the next three years.”
To find out more about the support available from whg contact the Employment and Training Team on 0300 555 6666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org