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Finning seeking new apprentices

Young people have the chance to find out what it takes to be a Finning apprentice at Cannock open day

CATERPILLAR dealers Finning (UK) Ltd are giving young people in the UK the chance to find out if they ‘have what it takes’ to be one of 25 new Finning apprentices at a special Apprentice Recruitment open day on Wednesday 9 February 2011.

Run as part of ‘National Apprentice Week’, Finning will be opening the doors to their purpose-built, state-of-the-art apprentice training academy in Cannock, West Midlands, from 4pm to 8pm.

With 25 new places available for the company’s 2011 apprentice intake, open day visitors will have the opportunity to find out what is involved in the industry-leading scheme and how to apply for the 2011 intake.

Having recently been declared ‘outstanding’ in an Ofsted inspection of the scheme, academy, trainers and apprentices, the award-winning £1 million facility at Cannock is the nationwide base for all Finning apprentice training for the UK and Ireland.

Several other Finning branches around the UK will also be opening their doors to apprentices over the coming weeks, including locations in Llantrisant, Chesterfield, Leeds, Glasgow and Halstead.

The hopeful future engineering talent will have a guided tour of the working facilities, see what goes on in the job once apprentices are qualified, talk to experienced Finning employees and instructors and meet apprentices currently enrolled on the apprenticeship scheme.

Commenting on Finning’s commitment to the apprentice scheme, managing director Neil Dickinson said: ‘We like to look at the apprenticeship scheme as a long-term career choice that opens up many other doors. There are numerous people working in Finning’s upper ranks having completed an apprenticeship during which time they’ve also gained an in-depth knowledge of the industry.

‘As a responsible employer, there are only a few organizations like us that have invested so much time and resources in what is now recognized by Ofsted as an ‘outstanding’ academy. I can definitely say that, without question, our apprentices are the best in the industry. They work on quality equipment, have all the resources to hand that they need to learn and all of the support they would expect from an extremely experienced team.

‘Apart from presenting exciting opportunities with Finning, our engineers can follow many other paths as part of our continual improvement programmes. Caterpillar is a global brand, and although we don’t want them to leave Finning, being specialized in working on Caterpillar equipment can take them all over the world.’

For more information on Finning’s apprenticeship scheme and to watch a video, visit:

Anyone interested in becoming a Finning apprentice can register for attendance at the Cannock open day by sending their details to [email protected]


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