Joshua’s engineering career gets a flying start

Joshua Coates
Joshua Coates

A BUDDING engineer from St Helens has got his career off to a flying start courtesy of an apprenticeship with one of the UK’s leading material handling companies.

Sixteen-year-old Joshua Coates (pictured) was one of 18 new recruits selected by Linde to begin training as a fork truck engineer.

He beat off competiton from more than 100 applicants and now works at Linde - while continuing his studies at St Helens College.

Joshua said: “I wanted to join the apprenticeship scheme as I wanted to gain a nationally recognised qualification and join a reputable company.”

Linde introduced the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) approved apprenticeship scheme in 2011 due to an industry push towards attracting younger people into the industry.

Joshua has joined Linde’s second intake of apprentices and he will become a fully qualified fork truck engineer at the end of the course.

The programme consists of providing vocational and technical related training for the apprentices with a focus on commercial awareness.

Jeff Aylott, head of customer services at Linde, said: “Recruiting apprentices reflects the positive attitude that Linde has to planned growth in its business. For the individual, it’s a fantastic opportunity to build a solid foundation for a skilled career with the chance to earn as you learn.”

Chief executive of the FLTA, Peter Harvey, added: “We are delighted that Linde continues to lead the way in providing quality training for their apprentices.”