The idea of the scheme is to bring new blood into the industry and try to stem the shortage of operators in the industry. The UK lose roughly 7-9% of the operator workforce due to natural retirement, leaving the industry for other trades, or promotion from the seat. Lynch introduced plant apprentices into the business back in 2015, with brilliant success, and to date have pushed through over 25 apprentices into the business. "Apprentices have played a very important part in the design of our careers in plant" commented director Steven Sutch. He added "We have been working on this new ‘Careers in Plant’ project for the past 12 months and although apprenticeships have worked really well, there have been a number of constraints on the scheme such as: location of the training centre; the age groups that fit the demographic for government funding; and the duration of the scheme being spread out over two years. We wanted to look at a scheme that would see operators coming from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds, along with quicker turnaround times from classroom to site in a safe and controlled manner using local training centres. One of the positive things we noticed when launching our plant apprenticeship scheme was the volume of people who wanted to change their careers to join the heavy plant industry. We were overloaded with application forms from both men and women which proved that there clearly was a need for another scheme covering all applicants"
"This scheme is very different from anything currently operating in the industry and this can only be a good thing for the industry in the UK" added Merrill Lynch , Operations Director. "We need more men and women in the driving seat to ensure that we have enough operators for the future. Everybody needs to start somewhere and Lynch understand that those 'starting chances' are few and far between in the current climate. We would like to think that this scheme could be the start of something very special nationwide and Lynch want to be a driving force in turning the tide for the better. We have bigger plans going forward and we believe as a family run and operated business we are going to play our part in building for the future."
If you are interested in applying for a place on any our operator ‘Careers in Plant’ courses please call Leigh Allen on 020 8900 0000 or email her with ‘Careers in Plant’ in the subject title at email@example.com
Lynch is passionate about the need and the demand for construction apprenticeship and working in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board at Bircham Newton, Lynch run apprenticeship courses for young school and college leavers. One of the first of its kind, it offers aspiring plant operators, and plant fitters the opportunity to train with us as apprentices. The scheme runs for two years with time both spent at the CITB training college and real working sites.
Lynch’s apprenticeship scheme was one of the first of its kind, and one that is desperately needed by the construction industry in the UK.
There’s already a major skills gap, and – with nearly 20% of construction workers due to retire within the next ten years – the problem is set to intensify. In particular, the construction industry is facing a huge shortage of qualified plant operators.
While there have been apprenticeships in other trades – plasterers and electricians, for example – for many years, the construction industry hasn’t had this tradition. What’s more, operating plant isn’t something that we’re taught to aspire to as children. But this negative perception is something Lynch is determined to change.
What’s the most important quality in an operator or fitter? Enthusiasm for the job. If you’re going to have a successful career in construction, a passion for machinery is a prerequisite.
Apprentices will share their time between our premises in Stanmore, Middlesex and Dartford, and the National Construction College in Bircham Newton. The apprenticeship lasts for a year, at the end of which the recruits will become full time, newly-qualified Lynch employees.
At Lynch, our highly qualified plant operators are a huge part of who we are. We want the best, and those who are in it for the long haul.
Lynch see the scheme as an investment. Not just in the future of the recruits, or of Lynch as a company, but in the future of the construction industry as a whole.
Ultimately, the scheme will lead to more qualified plant operators. This will be a huge benefit to customers, who are often unable to complete projects to schedule because of the lack of available operators.
We're passionate about plant, and are committed to being the safest, most innovative plant hire company in the UK.
Check out our latest video about our apprenticeship scheme below and also if you are interested in applying for a place on any our ‘Apprenticeship’ courses please call Leigh Allen on 020 8900 0000 or email her with ‘apprenticeship courses’ in the subject title at firstname.lastname@example.org
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