Terex Trucks invests in the skilled engineers of tomorrow

A new wave of Terex Trucks apprenticeships has begun as the truck manufacturer searches for the talent that will build a stronger future.

Terex Trucks is introducing a new cohort of apprentices to its manufacturing facility in Motherwell, Scotland. In the latest example of its commitment to invest in fresh, local talent, the manufacturer of rigid and articulated haulers has employed six new apprentices. The chosen few were whittled down from 72 applicants through a comprehensive application and assessment process.

As well as providing valuable work experience and skills for the new trainees, the apprenticeship scheme will ensure the company avoids a talent gap in the future. This is the third consecutive year that the apprenticeship scheme has been running at the Motherwell facility.

Work/study – the best of both worlds
During the four-year programme the new apprentices will complete either a craft or technician apprenticeship. They will specialise in a key skill required for a successful career in the industry, such as: electrical engineering, CNC machine operations, welding, test engineering, tool design and maintenance.

The programme combines on-the-job training with college studies, meaning apprentices are able to complete nationally-recognised academic qualifications and gain invaluable work experience whilst earning a salary. There is also the very real prospect of a full time job at the end of the scheme, and the foundation laid for a successful career.

This is the first year that the apprentice scheme is run under new parent company, Volvo Construction Equipment, which brings with it even more opportunities.
Audrey McMillan, HR business partner at Terex Trucks, who has been leading the programme for two years said:

“Investing in future engineers helps local employment and is imperative to the future of Terex Trucks. Our Motherwell manufacturing facility requires engineers with specialist skills, which are becoming harder and harder to find. With our apprenticeship scheme, there’s no better way to ensure the future of our company – and, in turn, the industry – than by finding and training engineers ourselves.”

Terex Trucks is focusing on building relationships with the local community and encouraging students to consider a successful career in engineering and the manufacturing industry. Terex Trucks representatives regularly present at local schools and take part in careers events. Schools are also invited for factory tours to help spark an interest and ambition for the next generation of engineers.

Terex Trucks’ first year of apprentices will complete the programme in August 2016.