The apprentices from Keighley College, including Emily MacFarlane, the firm’s first female apprentice in the rail build division, have been appointed full-time positions with the local manufacturer, supporting the Government’s current ‘levelling up’ agenda.
Platinum Stairlifts are working in partnership with Keighley College to provide opportunities for apprentices in the local area. The company is entering an expected period of significant growth over the next 12 months and is recruiting for many new positions in a bid to boost the employment of skilled workers in the area.
Plate welder and fabricator Level 3 students, Elliott Rhodes, 29, and Emily McFarlane, 19, have been working in their new positions for a number of weeks now, and are recently joined by new recruits Callum Hardaker and Cameron Pickering, all as apprentice rail builders.
Nicola Greenwood, HR Manager at Platinum Stairlifts, said “We are delighted to have been able to give Emily and Elliott the opportunity to train and gain essential skills for them to attain their qualifications. We are in a period of significant growth this year, which is a fantastic place to be considering the impact Covid and Brexit has had on some businesses.
“Our market opportunities are looking promising, and we will be recruiting to manage our plans to expand over the next year. We’re passionate about hearing from talented people who’re keen to join a skilled workforce. As a large employer in the area, we’re committed to providing valuable opportunities for our colleagues.”
New recruit, Emily, is the firm’s first female apprentice in the rail build division. After studying engineering, she completed her NVQ certificates in welding and fabrication at Keighley College. She is now undertaking the Plate Welder Level 3 apprenticeship, giving her the opportunity to work on production lines as an apprentice builder.
Emily commented: “I am really enjoying the work and the team at Ultimate have been welcoming and helped me when I have needed it. Getting a job at Platinum has helped gain more hands-on experience which means I can complete my practical tests to a better standard.”
Elliott recently gained his Welding and Fabrication Level 2 NVQ qualification and is now working towards Level 3.
Elliott added: “I wanted to gain hands on experience and in the two months I have been at Platinum, I already feel more competent and am really enjoying the experience I am gaining.”
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About Platinum Stairlifts
Platinum Stairlifts is a manufacturer specialising in providing end to end, custom built, high quality stairlifts for a global network of mobility partners. Proud of our British heritage, our products are manufactured entirely in the North of England.
Over the last 25 years, the company launched the Curve twin rail, the Horizon straight and the Ultimate single rail stairlift, the first ever forward facing and first step start product to market which comprise the range of products they offer today. Established in Keighley in 1996, the company is now one of the largest UK manufacturers of bespoke stairlifts.
Founded in 1996 by company chairman, Tim Frear, the company has qrown to now employ over 200 workers.