Lift Turn Move builds careers

6 January 2012

The new scheme will address skills shortages and recruiting difficulties.

In recent years Lift Turn Move has trained five apprentices, two of whom are currently in training.

Apprentice Robert Simmons, aged 16, was selected in the summer to train as a lifting solutions provider.

Simmons wrote to Lift Turn Move’s director John Jones while at school to ask about joining the company.

His initiative impressed Jones, so when an opportunity arose, Robert was interviewed and hired.

Simmons is slated for work alongside Joe Griffiths in the workshop for twelve months receiving product training, and in the warehouse dispatching goods and observing the other engineers at work.

Simmons undertook Lift Turn Move’s apprenticeship course in electrical and mechanical maintenance.

He is committed to one day of tuition at a local college to learn essential theory and four days a week working in the hoist assembly team.

Lift Turn Move said that its apprentices have moved supervisory positions and have been asked to travel abroad for work.

John Jones remarks: ??“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to recruit skilled lifting equipment engineers, so we feel that in the present climate the best way forward for us as a company is to bring new apprentices through the business.

Jones said: ??“We plan to recruit one apprentice per year over the next five years and see how things develop. As a responsible employer, we feel it is important not just to recruit talent, but to nurture it.”

“Ultimately it's all about the people, if we get people in with the right attitude like these guys we've had through on this scheme, then we're all set. You can teach the right skills, but you can't teach the right attitude,”

Lift Turn Move advises interested candidates to contact the company via the Lift Turn Move website.


Rob Simmons and Joe Griffiths. Rob Simmons and Joe Griffiths.