Apprentice scheme off to a flying start at Summit Platforms
Apprentice Megan Campbell and Paul Rochester, Senior Service Engineer.
A new engineering apprenticeship scheme launched by Summit Platforms has got off to a flying start with higher than expected interest from candidates and most places filled months in advance.
The national powered access rental specialist is offering exciting opportunities to 11 apprentices to begin a career in powered access engineering across its network of nine depots. This includes upskilling 2 existing team members.
Interest in the scheme has been high with some placements receiving more than 30 applications. Most have now been filled with candidates ranging from 18 to 24 years of age.
The three-year apprenticeship course begins in March 2022. However, many of the apprentices have already joined Summit Platforms depots across the UK.
They include 20-year-old Megan Campbell who has accepted an apprenticeship at the company’s Newcastle depot.
She had been considering other apprenticeship schemes but was pleased to be selected by Summit Platforms because of the variety in the role and the chance to work in a workshop and on site with clients.
Megan said: “When I attended my interview, I was struck by how professional the business is and everyone was very welcoming. The company seemed invested in apprentice progression which reassured me that pursuing a career in engineering was a viable option for me, especially as I would be leaving a full-time job to do this.
“I can definitely see a future for myself in this industry with Summit Platforms and I’m looking forward to getting started on the course in March.”
As with other apprentices who have already joined Summit Platforms, Megan has been able to gain valuable work experience and get a taste of day-to-day life at one of the UK’s largest powered access hire companies.
All the apprentices are working towards the IPAF Level 3 Lift Truck and Powered Access Technician qualification, giving them the skills they need to diagnose and repair access platforms in depot workshops and at customer sites.
Steve Williams, at Summit Platforms, said: “We’re delighted with the response we’ve had to our engineering apprenticeship programme, with strong candidates like Megan already onboard.
“Interest has been higher than we expected. I think this reflects the quality of the training experience we’re offering, the reputation of Summit Platforms as a business, and the growing awareness of the importance of powered access to UK industry and commerce.
“We’re determined to support our apprentices every step of the way because we see this as a way to develop the skills, experience and positive attitude to high performance service our customers expect from Summit Platforms.”
Megan learning how to fit large decals
Megan Campbell says she is already learning important skills that will allow her to become a full member of the engineering team at the Newcastle depot.
She explained: “During my first few weeks at the depot, I’ve spent time with each of the engineers, and have got to know everyone, which has helped me feel comfortable at the depot.
“I’ve been able to get involved with working on a technical hydraulic issue on a machine. Going through the fault-finding process and the various tests to diagnose the problem was really interesting and gave me basic knowledge of hydraulics on powered access platforms.
“As well as the apprenticeship training, I’ll also be attending manufacturer training courses. There’s lots to learn and I’m looking forward to putting my knowledge into practice to support our customers.
“The powered access industry is growing fast, and engineering and maintenance is a crucial part of working at height safely in any environment. It’s exciting to be part of that at Summit Platforms.”