The Apex Apprenticeship scheme was founded in 1976 by Arthur Jenchner, Apex Lifts Co-Founder. It was decided that the industry wasn't producing the caliber of skilled engineers that was required for the lift industry to thrive. From that, the apprenticeship scheme was introduced and to date we have seen over 60 apprentices and trainees successfully pass through Apex's doors.
Apex Lifts is an EAL (Emta Awards Ltd) Approved Assessment Centre, EAL is the UK's leading awarding organisation for engineering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs.) The Apex Training Academy also provides NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) training in-house. The training academy is unique to the lift industry and something Apex are proud of.
Since 2015, an in-house Apex Lifts Training Manager has been provided. This role delivers a single and dedicated interface with our apprentices;who better to provide it than Mark Dean, who has been a dedicated member of the team for over 35 years.
Mark currently delivers a critical role to our apprentices, delivering the 'tailored' Apex training program in full compliance with the apprenticeship scheme and providing invaluable technical knowledge and personal experience to our bespoke business approach and on-site delivery.
Due to Mark's technical expertise and hands-on experience, he can teach our apprentices to the highest level, alongside forming close working relationships with the apprentices, guiding them through their monitored welfare and development.
The 4-year apprenticeship program combines nationally recognised qualifications with Apex Lifts practices and procedures to ensure a comprehensive and robust delivery that meets the needs of industry best practice and health and safety excellence.
Trainees benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and are provided with an overview of the business as well as the opportunity to work in all departments- from lift servicing, construction and installation, to lift modernisation and repairs.
See below, an insight into the Apex Apprenticeship experience....
Tom Hambrook- I began my Apex Lifts apprenticeship training in the summer of 1996. I followed in the footsteps of my father, a successful senior lift installation engineer who worked for Apex Lifts for over 40 years. I was drawn to the family ethos of the company and the knowledge that there was a commitment to investing in the team and continued training and development. I began learning about the various equipment in the workshop with a supported day release program at Woolwich College, working as a 3rd hand on site and learning diverse practical skills. I progressed to an assistant engineer and was awarded with my NVQ Level 2, followed by my NVQ Level 3 in 2000 where I continued to work on-site in the construction team as a lift fitter. Having worked for Apex Lifts since 1996 has provided me with a wealth of diverse opportuities and training and has allowed me to work in and visit some of London's most prestigious and landmark buildings, including the Royal Palaces, fitting Prince George's nursery lift, Lloyd's of London and the Old Bailey. I now currently work as a senior member of the construction sales team, winning new work for the business, growing partnerships with customers and ensuring growth and development.
Our Managing Director, Warren Jenchner is also an apprentice trained engineer, working his way through the business throughout the past 35 years.