Apprenticeships work: my story

George Grace, aged 20 from Leeds, is currently studying the Fork Lift Truck Level 2 Apprenticeship with North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College. George also works at Rushlift – a global organisation specialising in materials handling equipment.

After leaving school, George studied Motor Vehicle at college. His tutor at the time found his current Apprenticeship and suggested he apply.

Fork Lift Truck Apprenticeships at the College focus on the repair and maintenance of fork lift trucks.

Here George tells us about his time as a Fork Lift Truck Apprentice:

“I was always interested in motor vehicle and engineering but wanted something more hands-on.”

“The best thing about doing an Apprenticeship is getting paid to learn. You’re not sat in a class room; you go out and do the practical side as well as learn the theory.

“The best part of the job is the relationships you build with your colleagues. They are all there to help you gain the knowledge you need.”

“You really see your progress as you go along. Although you think you can’t do it when you first start out, once you start doing the job, it gives you confidence and you realise you can work up to higher levels.”

As part of his programme, George attends North Warwickshire & Hinckley College on two-week block releases, gaining teaching support for his qualification.

“You’re well looked after at the college; the tutors are amazing, they’re very helpful and will always sort things out when you have a problem.”

 To find out about Fork Lift Truck Apprenticeships at the College, contact the be@nwslc.ac.uk 0116 246 3545.