THE MHE APPRENTICES OF 2023: A YEAR ON

June 12, 2024

Our MHE apprentices have been with Rushlift for nearly one year, gaining insightful experience and knowledge in their chosen careers. Let’s find out how they are enjoying their journey so far, balancing college and workshop life, along with relationships they have built so far.  


We spoke with Harvey, Aaron and Crispin to discover how their relationship is with their mentor. Here's what they had to say:

Harvey: 

I’ve found that I’ve built up a great rapport with my mentor Hansel. He is great at explaining the process of painting and takes his time to walk me through it, explaining processes and information in detail. He is trusting me more with preparation and painting on my own. 

Aaron: 

My mentor gives me lots of knowledge and support, he makes me feel like a valued team member. I am really like working at Rushlift. 

Crispin: 

I am really enjoying my time with my mentor. He will happily stop and explain steps and process that I need help with. I enjoy coming into work with him and the rest of the team. 

 

We were curious to know whether our apprentice’s had seen any other areas of the business that interested them. Here's what they shared:

Harvey: 

I’m afraid not. I’m enjoying the workstyle in the workshop. From coming from years of customer service experience, I like to be productive and work with my hands. I love to refurbish trucks to a brand-new look, which is more enjoyable to me than office work for me. 

Aaron: 

No, I haven’t. I am really interested in the workshop and engineer role; I aspire to become part of the Workshop Management Team. 

Crispin: 

I have not seen another part of the business I would like to work in. Doing my apprenticeship for a year has confirmed to me that I like working with my hands on physical things, I enjoy being practical.  

 

We wondered how our apprentices were coping with the balance between learning on the job and completing college work. Here is what they commented: 

Harvey: 

Steve and Sam, my apprentice managers, have been fantastic and understanding with allowing the apprentices to find the time to complete college work and they are very flexible with it. ?Sam also sourced some car panels for me to work, on as my college course requires painting on car panels and painting 3 stage pearl and metallics. 

Aaron: 

The balance between college and workshop learning has been easy to manage, as I am given 2 hours every Friday to complete college work whilst at Rushlift. This means that I am ahead of most students on the course. 

Crispin: 

I am finding the balance good; we are given enough time to complete our college work and Rushlift have been rely flexible with allowing us to do so. 

 

We asked our apprentices about what aspects of their role they find the most challenging. Here's what they stated:

Harvey: 

I think the most challenging part that I’ve faced so far is painting multiple items in the spray booth and trying to manoeuvre around them whilst painting them. It gets very hot in the booth when we are painting, but it just takes practice and patience. I don’t want to be rushing while trying to paint lots of panels and overheard guards in one session. 

Aaron: 

So far, I am finding the electrical jobs to be the most challenging, as these are very advanced and tricky to work out. 

Crispin: 

The most challenging aspect so far for me is integrating into an adult workplace.  

 

At Rushlift, we are committed to nurturing talent, fostering growth, and providing comprehensive solutions in the material handling equipment sector.

Stay tuned for updates on the inspiring journeys of our MHE apprentices at Rushlift. Watch as they grow, learn, and contribute to the material handling industry, shaping their futures through the power of apprenticeships.