Myerscough College: Engineering an Apprenticeship future

MYERSCOUGH College in Preston, Lancashire, is fast becoming one of the top centres for the training of Construction Plant Engineering Apprentices from across the industry. Working with a wide range of employers the College provides apprenticeships in Construction Plant Maintenance and also Landbased Engineering at both Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3). Back in February 2020, Plant Planet caught up with the Team at Myerscough, including some of the Apprentices, to find out why they chose their path into construction.


Joanne Chadwick,
Assistant Head of Apprenticeships

The College, through its dedicated Employer Services Team, tries to take the pain away from employers looking to recruit and train apprentices. Joanne Chadwick Assistant Head of Apprenticeships at Myerscough College explains the ethos behind the ever-growing provision, saying:

“Through our dedicated Employer Services Team, we also assist employers looking to recruit apprentices, providing a FREE apprenticeship recruitment service. As most of our Engineering programmes are block release we attract a diverse range of learners from across the country.”

Connor Craw,
Apprentice in construction plant maintenance – Griffiths Hire Shops

“I have always had an interest in mechanics, so an apprenticeship seemed a great choice for me. The best part is getting hands on and doing practical work in a real setting. I would recommend apprenticeships as a great way to learn and get a wage at the same time. In the future I would like to progress into a more senior role with Griffiths Hire Shops.”

Thomas Sealeaf,
Apprentice in construction plant maintenance – Brandon Hire Station

“I really enjoy getting proper on the job training and experience. I get to work and train with experienced fitters to give me the best training and development I can. I would highly recommend apprenticeships to anyone looking to start on a new career path. After I qualify, I would like to further my knowledge and experience by attending training courses. I would also like to enhance my range of skills and start to work with larger equipment.”

Jack Thomas,
Apprentice in construction plant maintenance – Thomas Plant Hire

“I chose to do an apprenticeship as it allowed me to both study what I was interested in as well as attain on the job experience and get a salary at the same time. In addition, the aspect of improved employability through experience was very appealing to me. I would argue that the best part of being an apprentice would be earning a wage while training while simultaneously becoming qualified. An apprenticeship is definitely a viable way into a lot of industries, and they prove that university is not the only way into a career. After I complete my apprenticeship, I envision myself still working within the industry but as a fully qualified plant mechanic.”

Liam Womac,
Apprentice in construction plant maintenance – Ainscough Cranes

“I chose to do an apprenticeship to give me the opportunity to learn a good career that’ll stay with me forever. Hands on learning gives me a chance to put my new skills into practice every day. I also get to work in different environments and gain a wide range of experiences at Ainscough. The main benefits of an apprenticeships are to learn and earn; gain practical, relevant training experiences, and to be able to learn from other more experienced staff within the company. In the future I would like to progress at Ainscough and to work on even larger machines, becoming an experienced and valued engineer.”

Any employers or potential apprentices looking to find out more information on the range of education, training and apprenticeship options at Myerscough College please contact the Employer Services Team on 01995642255, email employerenquiries@myerscough. or see apprenticeships

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